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A physician in the Shoshone County community of Kingston has been convicted of drug conspiracy after federal prosecutors said he illegally sold oxycodone then created false medical charts to cover up the crime.
Prosecutors said the doctor sold drugs to people at bars, stores and parking lots, including to a person under 21.
Dr. Rafael Beier, 62, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars and fines of up to $1 million. However, prosecutors said Beier was not present for the jury's verdict in a Coeur d'Alene federal courtroom, so a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
“This defendant, as a licensed physician with the power to dispense powerful prescription drugs, had a responsibility to use that power to help and to heal,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. “These verdicts show that, instead, Dr. Beier time and again acted as a drug dealer, not a doctor.”