Felony charge against suspended pain doc dismissed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has dropped a felony charge against a Fort Wayne pain doctor less than a week after it was filed.

Michael A. Cozzi
Michael A. Cozzi

A spokeswoman with the prosecutor’s office told NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday that it had dropped the felony Possession of a Narcotic Drug it filed against now-suspended Dr. Michael Cozzi on March 23. While the charge was dropped, “this incident remains under investigation,” the source said.

Cozzi was arrested March 22 after federal DEA agents raided two of his homes and properties on suspicion of criminal over-prescribing practices. According to the Indiana attorney general’s office, Cozzi, the owner of FW Interventional Pain Management in Fort Wayne, prescribed more controlled substances than any other prescriber in Indiana over the last two years, including some 2 million doses of Oxycodone and 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone.

Days later, the state’s medical board suspended the doctor’s license.

On Tuesday, Cozzi was due in Allen Superior Court for a 72-hour hold hearing. There, a motion to dismiss was made and stamped by Magistrate Jason Custer.

It’s not clear why the charge was dismissed. Cozzi’s attorney, Robert Wright, would only confirm it was dismissed and refused to comment further.

As of Tuesday, Cozzi has not been re-charged in Allen County or in federal court.

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