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Caro – A judge says more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a Michigan doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics.

The Saginaw News says Dr. Joseph Oesterling last year was acquitted of running a criminal enterprise. He was accused of excessively prescribing medicine through his clinics in Caro, Saginaw and Mount Pleasant.

Oesterling’s attorney, Ronald Chapman II, says 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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