An anesthesiologist has pleaded guilty to selling prescriptions for oxycodone.  He now faces one to three years in prison at sentencing.

Dr. Arnold Roth admitted selling prescriptions made out in the name of three individuals, two of whom he had never met.  The prescriptions allowed the individuals to obtain more than 16,000 oxycodone pills worth $480,000 on the street over a period of 14 months.

The doctor pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.

This case highlights the tremendous resources the government has to investigate violations of the controlled substances laws.  The investigator included lawyers, investigators, auditors, and other law enforcement officers from the New York State Attorney General’s office and its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the New York State Department of Health and its Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Office of Medicaid Inspector General, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

If you are under investigation or if you have been charged with violating health laws, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the healthcare fraud and controlled substances laws.