Baldwin doctor sentenced for illegal painkiller prescriptions, AG says
October 24, 2016
As published by Newsday on October 20, 2016.
A Baldwin doctor was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 5 years’ probation for illegally selling oxycodone prescriptions, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday.
Dr. Anand Persaud, 47, also provided prescriptions without performing required medical examinations of patients, Schneiderman said in a news release.
At the time of his arrest in July 2013, Schneiderman said Persaud was one of the state’s top prescribers of pain pills.
Investigators said Persaud operated a bogus “pain management” practice where patients with substance abuse problems were charged $250 or more for an oxycodone prescription.The patients needed counseling and treatment for their addictions, but were instead “enabled” with prescription drugs, the attorney general said.
“It’s unconscionable that a doctor, a trusted licensed professional, would violate his professional duties and abuse his license to traffic in prescriptions for narcotics,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Persaud lost his medical license in August.
In May 2015, Persaud pleaded guilty to criminal sale of prescriptions for a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, the attorney general said.
He was arrested by the state attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit after a long-term investigation.
Officials said Persaud admitted to knowingly selling a prescription of oxycodone to a patient for $250 in cash on Jan. 15, 2013, acknowledging that the patient had supposedly only suffered from opiate withdrawal, the attorney general said.
On two other occasions, Persaud wrote additional oxycodone prescriptions for that same patient in exchange for money, the attorney general said.
He also admitted to providing prescriptions for 10 other patients between 2011 and 2013 in exchange for $250 and $300 cash each.
Meanwhile, Persaud also admitted to under-reporting his income on his 2011 New York State personal income tax return by about $67,000, and that he filed a false New York State tax return the following year, Schneiderman said.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Francis Ricigliano imposed sentence in Mineola.