A physician was indicted on federal charges that he illegally dispensed prescription narcotics to three patients. The physician was charged with 17 counts of illegally dispensing Oxycodone and/or Alprazolam in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury.
According to the indictment, the physician dispensed Oxycodone and Alprazolam outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose to three different patients on 17 occasions.
The physician’s medical license was suspended and he surrendered his DEA registration after federal and local authorities executed a search warrant at his office and he was arrested.
He now faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count.
Medical professionals need to understand that the government has tremendous resources on its side. In this case, for example, the investigation was conducted by the Office of the United States Attorney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the local Police Department.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney who focuses on controlled substances and other healthcare related crimes. To arrange a free initial consultation, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.
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