Frank Telang, Doctor, Forgot Oath, Pleads Guilty to Illegally Prescribing Painkillers
Yet another doctor has pleaded guilty to illlegally distributing the powerful and addictive painkiller Oxycodone for cash, federal prosecutors say.
Long Island-based doctor Frank Telang copped pleas to illegal selling the drug and income tax evasion before a district judge at the federal courthouse in Central Islip. He faces up to 25 years in prison. Telang admitted to the judge that in 2011, he sold prescriptions for oxycodone to undercover officers. He met patients at night in parking lots near his Port Jefferson office to sell them prescriptions without performing any medical exams on them.
Prescription painkiller abuse has become a serious problem in the metro area, and as this week's Voice cover story reports, at least 30 doctors and other medical professionals have been arrested for illegal distribution and other crimes over the past three years. Several dozen others have lost their licenses or otherwise disciplined.
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