Defense questions undercover officer in Manitowoc doctor's federal trial

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The federal trial of a Manitowoc doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers entered day three Wednesday.

Dr. Charles Szyman is facing 19 counts of improperly prescribing and distributing medicine, to which he pleaded not guilty.

During Wednesday's court proceedings, the defense cross-examined a federal undercover agent who said he was given pain medication from Dr. Szyman despite telling him he had no pain that day, according to his testimony.

Dr. Szyman's attorneys then played an audio recording challenging the undercover officer's claims, during which the agent allegedly told Szyman's nurse his pain level was a five out of ten.

A state undercover officer also testified, describing a similar situation as the federal agent. However, the defense argued Dr. Szyman prescribed medicine based on their alleged lies they told about their pain levels in previous visits.

Dr. Szyman's defense is expected to present their case Thursday, and the trial should wrap up on Friday.

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