Jamaica doctor charged for illegally selling painkiller prescriptions


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Anand Persaud, a doctor with offices in Jamaica and Baldwin, Long Island, has been busted for illegally selling oxycodon prescriptions.

A Jamaica doctor has been arrested for illegally selling prescriptions of oxycodone, according to the attorney general.

Anand Persaud, 44, has an office on Jamaica Avenue and another in Baldwin, Long Island. Officials arrested the internist after searching both locations.

“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,” AG Eric Schneiderman said.

Persaud was arrested at his Long Island office and is charged with selling a prescription of the highly addictive narcotic on two occasions without examining the patient or providing medical documentation.

Officials allege Persaud twice charged patients $250 or more to receive the prescription without conducting a physical examination on either person or questioning them about their medical needs.

The patients, both Medicaid recipients, were eligible for no-cost medical care. Persaud, as a Medicaid provider, is required to agree to accept payment in full from Medicaid.

The felony complaint against Persaud charges him with two counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, a class C felony. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

 

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