During an arraignment hearing Friday morning in federal court in Beckley, U.S. Magistrate Omar Aboulhosn asked Dr. Michael Merritt Kostenko if he understood the charges against him.
“Only in the broadest and most general sense,” replied Kostenko, who stood shackled and garbed in an orange jumpsuit.
The judge proceeded to read aloud the 17 counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing oxycodone not for legitimate medical purposes, and (more…)
Dr. Michael Kostenko, who formerly owned and operated Coal Country Clinic in Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on 17 counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing oxycodone not for legitimate medical purposes.
Kostenko is also charged with three counts of distributing oxycodone that resulted in the deaths of three patients.
Kostenko’s medical license was initially suspended March 3 after the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic (more…)