“We will fight these charges,” Friends of accused pill mill doctor testify at bond hearing

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The doctor accused of running a pill mill was back in court Tuesday.

Harvey Jenkins asked a judge to reduce his $500,000 bond.

Prosecutors said Jenkins made a fortune writing prescriptions "like he was passing out candy."

In 2014, they said his reported income was $1.9 million.

Now, Jenkins has filed for bankruptcy, and his southside clinic is closed.

Bond was set for Jenkins at $500,000.

His attorney said Jenkins simply can't afford that.

"He doesn't pose any threat to anybody, and he's going to come back to court because we want to clear his name," said attorney Terry Pierce.

The judge did lower Jenkins' bond Tuesday to $80,000 after more than an hour of testimony.

One of his friends testified he's invested in the community and an active member of the south chamber of commerce.

But, prosecutors argued Jenkins does have money and alleged his supporters are raising plenty through a GoFundMe page.

The state also brought up Facebook comments made on Jenkins' page they said are threatening to law enforcement.

"I don't think you can completely control what everybody in support of you says," Pierce said.

Prosecutors said two of Jenkins' staffers saw most of his patients and used pre-signed prescription pads with Jenkins' signature to prescribe medicine.

He and his employees are also accused of essentially stealing another doctor's identity.

Jenkins promised the judge he wouldn't leave Oklahoma, because he's determined to clear his name.

He told Newschannel 4 the same thing last year after OBN stripped him of his license to prescribe medicine.

"They chose the wrong guy. I will fight them until I get my reputation back, until I am vindicated," Jenkins said.

"We will fight these charges as far as we have to fight these charges and, if that's through trial, that's through trial," Pierce said.

Jenkins is facing serious time in prison, if convicted.

The maximum punishment he's facing is 11 life sentences.

He'll be back in court later this month.

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