$6M in assets being returned to doctor

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CARO — A judge said more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics.

The move last month comes after Dr. Joseph Oesterling was acquitted last year of running a criminal enterprise, The Saginaw News says.

He was accused of excessively prescribing medicine through his clinics in Caro, Saginaw and Mount Pleasant.

Oesterling's attorney, Ronald Chapman II, said a Tuscola County judge on Sept. 25 ordered authorities to return assets that had been seized.

They include five vehicles, real estate and more than two dozen bank accounts.

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene plans to appeal.

Oesterling previously served as chief of urology at University of Michigan Hospital.

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