An internist on Long Island was arrested for illegally selling prescriptions for the narcotic medication oxycodone.
The government alleges that the doctor had both a legitimate and illegal practice in his medical offices: Real patients were charged $110 for an office visit. Drug users and addicts were charged $250 or more for an office visit that included a prescription for a controlled substance such as oxycodone.
Two patients who cooperated with the government’s investigation were charged $250 by the doctor to receive prescriptions for oxycodone. The doctor allegedly did not conduct physical examinations of these patients or even question them about their need for the medication.
After learning of the allegedly false prescriptions, investigators from the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) executed a search warrant at the doctor’s offices.
The doctor was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance in violation of New York Penal Law § 220.65. These are Class C felony charges. If convicted, the doctor faces up to 15 years in prison on each count. He also faces loss of his medical license, exclusion from the Medicare and Medicaid program, and other consequences.
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