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Police say NJ doctor forged prescriptions to sell drugs illegally

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration detained a New Jersey man on Jan. 21 after he allegedly conspired with a drug dealer to sell high-dose pills illegally. The 56-year-old Canandaigua VA Medical Center doctor, who is from Roselle Park, is accused of writing fake prescriptions for people he never examined.

Authorities report that dozens of prescriptions were filled for oxycodone, which resulted in more than 20,000 pills. The doctor and a 43-year-old man, who is from Morganville, allegedly sold the pills for at least $400,000 as the drug is worth $20 or more a piece on the street.

The Veterans Affairs Police in Canandaigua and the Ontario County Sherriff's Office assisted in the investigation. Law enforcement believes that the alleged drug dealer received personal information from willing people. The doctor apparently post-dated multiple prescriptions so that a prescription could be filled every month for each name.

Though the physician practiced in New York, he was extradited to New Jersey. He is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Monmouth County Jail. The men face charges for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, conspiracy and obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.

Second and third degree drug charges like the ones in this case can result in serious consequences. A conviction for a third-degree crime could mean 3-5 years in prison while second-degree crimes carry a 5 to 10 year sentence, and fines of more than $150,000 could also be ordered. Typically, a prosecutor relies heavily on drug evidence in cases like these. Therefore, an attorney would likely investigate the process police used to discover the drugs because some evidence might be inadmissible if the authorities acted illegally.

Source: New Jersey On-Line LLC, "N.J. doctor charged with conspiring with alleged drug dealer to dole out painkillers", Christopher Baxter, Jan. 21, 2015

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