Doc with ties to Lima charged in murder for hire plot


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



TOLEDO — A Michigan doctor who provided services in Lima and Findlay is facing a federal drug charge after authorities were alerted of an alleged plot to kill one Michigan attorney and frame another, according to documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo.

Dr. Daniel A. Schwarz, 56, of Waterford, Michigan, is charged with conspiracy and attempt to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to records in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

A criminal complaint filed by the FBI’s Cleveland Division states a confidential informant alerted Lima police on or about Aug. 3 that he or she was aware that Schwarz was “plotting and soliciting to kill Michael David McCulloch and frame Robert Meisner by planting fentanyl in his vehicle.”

Both of the men allegedly targeted are attorneys who practice in southeast Michigan.

Schwarz is a medical doctor who specializes in pain management, according to the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, the FBI’s witness is a drug addict “who struggles with abuse of methamphetamine.” The informant first met Schwarz in September 2018 while attending the Anhedonia Clinic in Lima for treatment related to his or her drug addiction. In April 2019 Schwarz was transferred to Full Circle Recovery Services in Findlay, according to the complaint, and the informant followed him there.

While at Full Circle, the doctor discussed his plans with the witness, initially asked him or her to buy a gun with a silencer and later agreed to pay the informant $2,000 for the help, according to the complaint.

In a sting coordinated through the FBI, the witness provided Schwarz with “a substance that appeared to be fentanyl” on Aug. 22 at the doctor’s medical office in Sylvania Township, the complaint shows. The pair discussed sprinkling the heroin and fentanyl mixture on McCulloch’s neck and later in his coffee at an unidentified coffee shop.

Later in that same encounter, Schwarz indicated an associate of his, identified only as Ken, had a vendetta against McCulloch and was willing to kill the attorney for $10,000 after he filed a civil suit against the man’s father.

Agents arrested Schwarz at a nearby gas station after he and the witness left the location. He was transported to the FBI office in Toledo and was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with investigators, the complaint states.

Schwarz allegedly expressed disdain for McCulloch and Meisner and told investigators that he “fantasized” about killing the men and discussed those thoughts with several patients.

The doctor told authorities he intended to plant the narcotics in the attorneys’ vehicles or on their person, but said “the intention was never to cause harm to McCulloch rather to just introduce the narcotics into their system,” according to the complaint.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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