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Monday, August 16, 2010

Doctor faces four charges in marijuana sting - The Denver Post

Doctor faces four charges in marijuana sting - The Denver Post

An Aurora doctor whom police accuse of writing fraudulent medical-marijuana recommendations has been charged with four felony counts.

Manuel Aquino-Villaman faces two counts each of forgery of a government document and of attempting to influence a public servant. Aquino-Villaman was not, however, charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Conspiracy was listed as a possible charge on Aquino-Villaman's arrest booking sheet, but Arapahoe County District Attorney's spokeswoman Casimir Spencer contended that police didn't mention it when prosecutors debated which charges to formally file.

Aquino-Villaman was arrested in July after he wrote medical-marijuana recommendations for two undercover Aurora officers, citing pain as their qualifying condition. The officers told the doctor about vehicular accidents they were involved in but never mentioned being in pain, according to police.

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