In the town of Baldwin a doctor admitted in court last week that – contrary to what he had been saying for two years – he did indeed prescribe narcotics to addicts.
And two of them – Christopher Basmas and Giovanni Manzella, died in 2011 within days after taking their oxycodone prescriptions.
Dr. William Conway changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” of Conspiracy and Narcotic Distribution.
Conway, age 70, was arrested last year as part of a widespread DEA probe of Long Island physicians pushing addictive drugs to amass wealth.
DEA agents discovered that Conway had issued more than 5,000 oxycodone prescriptions – more than 780,000 tablets – to hundreds of people with no medical need, in less than 3 years. There was very little in the way of medical records to indicate he even performed the mandated exams prior to their prescriptions.
According to a Federal press release the doctor’s office manager, Robert Hachemeister, had already admitted guilt for his part in the drug pushing scheme earlier this year. Prosecutors told the court that Hachemeister, who had no formal medical education, was responsible for distributing thousands of doses of narcotics by issuing prescriptions already -signed by Conway.
Conway could get 20 years in federal prison by Judge Leonard Wexler at his sentencing hearing.
Here’s more: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/tag/dr-william-conway/
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