Trial begins for doctor accused of overprescribing

Dr. Charles Szyman leaves federal court in Green Bay June 29, 2016. (WLUK image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – Trial started Monday for the Manitowoc doctor accused of illegally overprescribing prescription drugs.

Dr. Charles Szyman faces 19 counts of allegedly “knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed unlawfully, and attempted to distribute and dispense unlawfully, a controlled substance outside of his professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose."

Szyman faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.

The trial, in federal court, is expected to last five days.

Wisconsin regulators also suspended his license. Proceedings on if license should be revoked will likely wait until after the criminal case is completed, state officials have said.

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