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Drug treatment ordered for Hamburg podiatrist

Dr. Daniel Merk, a Hamburg podiatrist, was sentenced to 18 months in a drug treatment program at Willard Correctional Facility for selling prescriptions.

Merk also was forced to surrender his professional license before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller sentenced him Thursday on his guilty plea to three felony counts of attempted criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, prosecutors and court officials said.

Merk, 55, an Orchard Park resident with offices at a medical complex at 229 Main St. in Hamburg, was taken into custody following his sentencing.

Merk filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection three years ago and was fined $2,500 in Buffalo City Court in a drunken driving case five years ago, according to court records.

Prosecutor Christopher H. Gresham said Merk's sentence was linked to his history of alcoholism.

Gresham and Hamburg Police Capt. A. Daniel Shea said Merk's guilty plea stemmed from a Hamburg police investigation that began after area pharmacies reported prescriptions they feared were forged.

Hamburg Lt. Kevin Trask and Detective Glenn Zawierucha investigated the case.


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