Patients stand by healthcare provider despite arrest

Patients stand by healthcare provider despite arrest

DANVILLE -- The person families trust to keep them healthy is under investigation.
DANVILLE -- The person families trust to keep them healthy is under investigation. Michael Wagner was arrested Tuesday for fraudulently prescribing medicine. He's a nurse practitioner at Central Illinois Family Practice. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau talks to patients who are standing by him.

Many were shocked to hear about Wagner's arrest. He opened his practice in 2001. Since then, he's become more than just a nurse practitioner. He became someone they trusted.

"Actually, with him being my caregiver, I always just called him Dr. Wagner."

To Susan Kew, that's who he is.

"Check-ups when you're sick. He's my family doctor. He's such a people person. He actually takes time when you go in for your appointments and he treats you like an average person."

So, news of his arrest didn't come easy.

"I was shocked, very shocked, but it didn't deter me from going."

The Vermilion Metropolitan Enforcement Group (VMEG) and the US DEA have been looking into Wagner for two years. During their investigation, they say he was prescribing medicine without the proper license.

But, Wagner's lawyer says that's not true. He released this statement:

        The allegations against Mike Wagner are the result of a
        reckless witch hunt. Mike has been licensed to prescribe
        schedule II controlled substances for several years and
        continues to have an active valid license to do so.

"He's a good man. He is really a good man. He's a good person. He's easy to talk to. He does take care of what you go in for."

Either way, Wagner was arrested for forgery and unlawful acquisition of controlled substances. His lawyer says

"We would ask that everyone remember that Mike will have his day in court for this and, until then, he is presumed innocent."

"You just never know. You don't know until it's over. I will continue to go to his practice."

Wagner posted bond and his practice is still open. Kew made an appointment with him for Monday. VMEG says his license hasn't been suspended yet.
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