In October 2017, Dr. Oesterling was acquitted by a jury of his peers of all criminal charges brought against him and his medical practice, Caro Medical Group, a Caro-based family practice. The prosecution argued at trial that Dr. Oesterling was running a “pill mill.” However, after a nearly monthlong trial, a jury did not buy the prosecution’s claims.
After Dr. Oesterling was acquitted, attorneys Chapman and Andretz filed a motion demanding the government release the property and money seized during its investigation of Caro Medical Group. The government maintained it had a right to Dr. Oesterling’s seized assets even after a jury acquitted him of any wrongdoing. After a hearing, the trial court granted Dr. Oesterling’s motion and ordered the government to return Dr. Oesterling’s property.