Doctor With Vendetta Accused of Cooking Up Crazy Plot

Michigan's Daniel Schwarz allegedly asked recovering addict to kill attorney with fentanyl
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2019 8:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – "It sounds like a James Bond movie," observes a post at WXYZ in Detroit. The comparison is apt: The story involves a doctor who allegedly aimed to have an attorney killed for revenge, with fentanyl as the weapon of choice and a meth addict as the alleged hitman. The Washington Post notes this might be the first time fentanyl has been connected in such a way to an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The details:

  • The suspect: Daniel Schwarz, 56, is a doctor who runs pain clinics in Michigan and Ohio. The FBI says he tried to recruit one of his patients, a woman recovering from a meth addiction, to kill an attorney he had a vendetta against. Schwarz admits he wanted revenge but says he never intended to kill anyone.
  • The target: Court documents lay out a plot against attorney Mike McCulloch, who represented a condo association involved in a legal dispute with Schwarz. The doctor lost a $60,000 judgment in the case, reports the Toledo Blade. McCulloch says he learned about the alleged plot in the wee hours Friday when federal agents came to his house. "One moment I’ll always remember—[it] is 4 o'clock in the morning, the FBI crawling under my car looking for a GPS tracker or some kind of suspicious device," he tells WXYZ.

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