A few weeks ago, news broke that a doctor in Upstate New York was arrested after accusations of illegally obtaining drugs through fraudulent measures, one of which includes identity theft. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s investigation shows that the doctor wrote prescriptions for 23 patients. These prescriptions were filled in Florida and they were paid for without insurance. More than 800 of the prescriptions that were filled unlawfully were for controlled substances. The doctor had them mailed to both his home and his office. The report also found that two of the identities that the doctor used to obtain these prescriptions were for deceased patients.
While this is a criminal investigation, it is still up in the air as to what the Office of Professional Medical Conduct will do because the Department of Health is not permitted to confirm or deny an OPMC investigation. They can only confirm or deny such information if charges have been served or the New York State medical board takes public action.
When faced with such serious accusations, it is important to retain the services of a healthcare misconduct defense attorney who can represent the individual charged with misconduct. An experienced attorney can be the difference as to whether a medical professional is ever permitted to practice again. Contact our firm today if you need legal assistance.
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