Daniel Schwarz, 56, a doctor who runs clinics for pain and addiction in Ohio and Michigan, was arrested last week for alleged murder-for-rent conspiracy to kill two lawyers for revenge after losing a $ 60,000 lawsuit that they lost had filed it, according to the federal government
A Michigan physician has been accused of hiring a homicide to kill two lawyers for revenge after losing a $ 60,000 lawsuit they had filed.
Daniel Schwarz, 56, was arrested in Sylvania Township on Friday after the authorities heard of his alleged plan to assassinate Mike McColluch and Robert Meisner.
FBI agents said that Schwarz was angry after losing a $ 60,000 lawsuit against a condo association in a lake community where he lived outside of Detroit.
Schwarz, a pain and addiction specialist who runs clinics around the Detroit subway area and in northwest Ohio, tried to convince a female patient to poison McCulloch, who represented the condo association in the suit, with the powerful opioid fentanyl.
He also fantasized about killing Meisner, his own lawyer, to whom he blamed & # 39; a perceived lack of effort & # 39; in the trial, the authorities say.
The woman contacted the police early this month and began working undercover with the FBI to secretly record Schwarz as he came up with his plan.
Federal officials said the doctor also planned to hire a hit man and pay him $ 10,000 to kill McCulloch.
Schwarz has been accused of conspiring and attempting to distribute a controlled substance, and more charges are expected to be filed in the future.
Schwarz has been accused of conspiring and attempting to distribute a controlled substance, and more charges are expected to be filed in the future. FBI agents said the doctor (photo) was angry after losing a $ 60,000 lawsuit against a condo association in a lake community where he lived outside of Detroit
Allegedly, Schwarz tried to convince a female patient to poison lawyer Mike McCulloch (left), who represented the condo association in the suit, with the powerful opioid fentanyl. He also fantasized about killing his own lawyer Robert Meisner (right), to whom he blamed & # 39; a perceived lack of effort & # 39; in the trial, the authorities say.
Schwarz admitted that he had talked about the conspiracy after he was arrested, according to court documents.
Allegedly he told FBI agents that he had & # 39; fantasized & # 39; about killing McCulloch and Meisner and talking about & abducting the lawyers and taking them to a remote location and burning them or injecting them with fentanyl & # 39; in a scene he compared with the Quentin Tarantino movie & # 39; Reservoir Dogs & # 39 ;.
However, Schwarz claimed that he never actually intended to kill anyone, and said the ultimate goal of the plot was to get drugs into the McCulloch system and plant drugs in the cars of both lawyers.
FBI agents knocked at the door of McCulloch & # 39; s Michigan house Friday around 4:00 am to bring the disturbing news that Schwarz was planning to kill him.
& # 39; I couldn't believe it, & # 39; McCulloch said to Detroit W X Y Z. & # 39; I will tell you that I have been a lawyer for 35 years and have never met such people. & # 39;
The Oakland County Circuit Court attorney testified about Schwarz's alleged plot for a judge in the flat dispute on Wednesday.
He said agents had told him that the female patient was taken care of and recruited to hit me.
& (39) (The fentanyl) would be brushed on my skin and I would suffer death & # 39 ;, McCulloch told the judge.
He thanked the police for their efforts and said that he feels happy that he escaped the trial unharmed.
& # 39; Believe it or not, this was one of the last things I dealt with & # 39 ;, McCulloch said The Washington Postand notes that he is retiring. & # 39; What a way to go out. & # 39;
McCulloch also thanked the tipster who led to Schwarz's arrest and called her a & # 39; hero & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She took a great risk to warn law enforcement agencies that this man, this trusted doctor, is trying to kill someone, & # 39; he said.
FBI agents went to McCulloch's home in Michigan around 4:00 am to deliver the disturbing news that Schwarz was planning to kill him. & # 39; I couldn't believe it & # 39 ;, McCulloch said Wednesday to Detroit & # 39; s WXYZ (above). & # 39; I will tell you that I have been a lawyer for 35 years and have never met such people & # 39;
Schwarz has previously been the subject of an FBI investigation that was opened earlier this year for conspiracy to own fentanyl.
Agents said the doctor has easy access to the synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. A dose of fentanyl the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal.
The case took a frightening turn earlier this month when the woman, a methamphetamine addict who met Schwarz during a drug recovery at a clinic in Findlay, Ohio, told the police that he had talked to her about killing McCulloch.
The doctor initially ordered her to buy a gun with a silencer, agents say, but later changed his plan.
He reportedly wanted the woman McCulloch & # 39; by accident & # 39; bumped into him and received a & # 39; secret deadly injection & # 39; of fentanyl, mixed with Xanax, gave an antidepressant, according to court documents.
Schwarz also suggested framing Meisner's murder by planting fentanyl in his car.
Earlier this year, when FBI officials heard about Schwarz's alleged assassination attempt, the doctor started an investigation into conspiracy to own fentanyl
The witness said she thought Schwarz was just venting & # 39; was when he first introduced her.
As he became more and more full of the idea, she decided to warn the authorities on 3 August.
FBI officials interviewed her two weeks later, at which time she revealed that he had offered to pay her $ 2,000 to help with the crime.
She agreed to carry a wire and record her phone calls with Schwarz, who was caught on tape and repeated his plan.
At one point he said he had enough fentanyl for one victim and he asked the patient to get more for him.
On August 22, she brought a fake package of fentanyl to the Schwartz medical office outside of Toledo.
FBI agents listened to the meeting as Schwarz described how the witness could scatter the opiate on McCulloch & # 39; s neck & # 39; and could swirl a mixture of heroin and fentanyl in his drink in a coffee shop.
He also noted that he had found another man with a vendetta against McCulloch who offered to kill the lawyer for $ 10,000.
After the meeting, federal agents followed Schwarz to a gas station and arrested him.
He would appear on a bail on Thursday, but it continued until September.
Schwarz is currently in custody in the Lucas County prison.
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