The writing of improper prescription drugs, for any purpose other than legitimate medical treatment, is a felony in New York state and under federal law. That is a rule with which a 36-year-old doctor from Amherst will surely become familiar as he faces prosecution by federal authorities on charges of the unlawful distribution of controlled substances in the form of prescription drugs and conspiracy to commit a drug felony. In fact, he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the felony drug charges.
The U.S. Attorney announced the federal charges that he indicated were the result of the joint effort of several federal agencies and the Amherst Police Department. The criminal complaint alleges that the doctor wrote 280 illegal prescriptions for oxycodone, Percocet and hydrocodone during the period of January 2010 through March 2014. It is also alleged that he wrote prescriptions to other people and then shared the pills with them. The complaint also alleges that the doctor had a relationship with a prostitute and supported her $200 per day heroin habit.