Physician sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling oxycodone prescriptions

On Nov. 18, former podiatrist Frederick Weintraub was sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally selling prescriptions of Oxycodone in Rock Island County, N.Y. Dr. Weintraub pled guilty to one count of distributing an illegal controlled substance on Aug. 5.

According to The Record, Dr. Weintraub's New Jersey state medical license was revoked in December 2015 after he continued to practice medicine in the state even though his license was suspended in 2012 over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Dr. Weintraub was charged with one count of criminal sexual contact in 2012 after he allegedly groped and fondled the breast of a patient. Those charges were ultimately dismissed.

From November 2015 to January 2016, Dr. Weintraub sold at least seven opioid prescriptions to someone who was cooperating with law enforcement, charging $500 to $700 per prescription. The sales took place in his car in the parking lot of a Rock Island hotel.

"Illegally diverted prescription opiates feed the vicious cycle of addiction and abuse that is devastating too many of our communities," said Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "As a doctor, Frederick Weintraub was supposed to care for the health of his patients, not help fuel the country's most acute health crisis."

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