A psychiatrist in Ridgewood New Jersey faces criminal charges for illegal distribution of prescription drugs like Xanax, Adderall, and codeine.
According to Bergen County NJ prosecutors, the suspect is a 72-year-old man who has a psychiatry practice in Ridgewood, NJ. However, the suspect reportedly lost his license to practice psychiatry in New Jersey.
Bergen County law enforcement got a report about the suspect unlawfully selling prescription pills in February 2016 and immediately opened an investigation. Multiple officers later went undercover and posed as patients who needed medication. The suspect allegedly sold prescriptions for Xanax, Adderall, and other medications to the undercover cops – despite not performing any medical evaluations, according to prosecutors.
When the suspect later needed to be hospitalized for an illness, he reportedly still sold prescriptions by having someone else see patients at his Ridgewood office and give them prescriptions with his signature.
The suspect has now been arrested and charged with multiple counts of illegal distribution of prescription drugs. If he is eventually convicted on the very serious drug offense charges, he could potentially be sentenced to prison for a very long time.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Psychiatrist Charged with Selling Prescriptions for Xanax, Other Drugs.”