Authorities say a two-year investigation into thousands of files kept by Christensen uncovered hundreds of cases of illegal drug distribution, including two deaths. But Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says the investigation is on-going as there may be more left to uncover.
"This arrest comes at the end of two years of very hard, technical investigation. We expect to continue doing our business for some time to come," he said.
But Hoffman says their office couldn't take on the investigation alone, and had help from both state and federal resources. Using a Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS), the agencies were able to share their resources and work together during the long investigation.
"This is the first criminal prosecution of...it's kind for the state of Montana. And it speaks volumes about the willful disregard with Dr.Christensen and the fact that he's working so much outside of what the medical practice is suppose to mean," she said.
Roach added that authorities were made aware of the situation through complaints from other doctors and pharmacists about the amount of prescriptions was writing.
The first was 43-year-old Kara Philbrick-Lenker and the second was Gregg Griffin, 38. Documents listed 9 other patients who were once under Christensen's care, resulting in 9 charges of criminal endangerment.
Christensen is being held in the Hamilton jail on $200,000 bail, and will appear in Ravalli County District Court on Friday.
Deputy Ravalli County Attorney Thorin Geist says that Dr. Chris Arthur Christensen was arrested Thursday without incident at his home in Florence.
A news release states that the Ravalli County Attorney’s Office has charged Christensen with 400 felony level offenses, including two counts of negligent homicide, related to the distribution of controlled substances in Montana.
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