Gracia Mayard, Queens Doctor, Busted for Dealing 400,000 Painkillers; Compares Self to Gun Dealer
Yet another doctor was busted today for illegally selling highly addictive painkillers out of his Queens home "office," which had little actual medical equipment.
Dr. Gracia Mayard, 61, is accused of distributing oxycodone between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 15, 2013. In exchange for cash, Mayard sold 2,953 prescriptions for nearly 400,000 pills to people without doing a medical exam during the first 10 months of 2012. He didn't even meet some of his customers before writing prescriptions.
According to an arrest affidavit, when narcotics agents went to his Cambria Heights home on Feb. 7, his son first told police that Mayard wasn't home. Then, later that day, a blue van arrived at the house and two men tried to slip Mayard out of the home by covering him with a tarp. He took them into his office to show them his "exam room," which was a table covered with dust and papers. "No other diagnostic items commonly present in a medical doctor's office were observed," the affidavit said.
In an attempt to justify his work, Mayard told investigators, "I know that it's a big problem but what happens to the oxycodone after I write the prescription is not my concern. It's just like a person that sells guns, he cannot control what happens after he sells a gun."
Mayard later dithered about where his medical records were. It turned out they were in three boxes in his car. He faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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