A New Jersey doctor was taken into custody on Jan. 20 and accused of conspiring
with a drug dealer. Both the doctor and the alleged drug dealer were handed
drug distribution charges, and they could each face up to 10 years in state prison if they are convicted.
According to investigators, the 56-year-old doctor from Union County provided
his alleged accomplice with prescriptions for over 20,000 oxycodone tablets
that were later sold for more than $400,000. The 43-year-old alleged drug
dealer provided the doctor with several different names and birthdates
of people so that prescriptions could be made out in their names. The
accused man would then go to pharmacies with these individuals in order
to pick up the drugs. Participants in the alleged scheme were paid in
drugs and cash.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Division of Criminal
Justice were behind the investigation into the two accused men's activities.
After he was taken into custody at a New York hospital, the accused doctor
was booked into Monmouth County Jail and given the option of $50,000 bail.
His specific charges were conspiracy, obtaining a controlled dangerous
substance through fraud and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
A doctor who is facing drug distribution charges might argue that they
were unaware of a criminal scheme that was going on around them. As part
of a criminal defense, a doctor may present evidence to establish that
they were never paid for any prescriptions that they wrote. A criminal
defense attorney may be able to help a doctor in this situation to gather
any relevant medical records that are needed to prove that no prescriptions
were written without a medical justification.
"N.J. doctor charged with conspiring with alleged drug dealer to dole
out painkillers,"Christopher Baxter, Jan. 21, 2015