Corporate Compliance

New York physician and eight others charged for illegal distribution of oxycodone pills

Compliance Monitor, August 18, 2010

Authorities charged nine New Yorkers with participation in a Manhattan-based drug ring that illegally distributed thousands of oxycodone pills obtained through Medicaid fraud, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Diana Williamson, MD, wrote oxycodone prescriptions to patients who had no legitimate need for the medication. Co-defendant, Lenny Hernandez, recruited individuals to obtain prescriptions from Williamson. The remaining co-defendants worked as resellers, providing the prescriptions to third parties, according to the DOJ.

Between September 2009 and August 2010 Williamson billed Medicaid for approximately $997,000 in Oxycontin prescriptions. Williamson obtained approximately 11,000 pills through the conspiracy, according to the DOJ.

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