Brooklyn Doctor Arrested For Selling Drug Prescriptions Following Undercover Probe
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Brooklyn physician has been arrested for selling prescriptions for powerful and highly addictive medications.
The arrest follows an undercover sting operation in which agents of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), posing as Medicaid recipients, visited the doctor's office.
Dr. Richard Goodin, a family practitioner with offices in the East New York section of Brooklyn, was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Brooklyn Supreme Court on a 22-count indictment. He was charged with fifteen counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and five counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, on multiple occasions between March 1999 and August 2000, Goodin sold prescriptions for stimulants (Adderall and Dexedrine) and painkillers (Hydrocodone and Codeine) without even the pretense of conducting a medical exam of the undercover agents. Goodin would either accept cash for the prescriptions or bill the Medicaid program for patient visits that never occurred.
"The defendant flagrantly disregarded both the law and his oath by using his medical practice as a front to enable individuals to illegally obtain powerful drugs," said Spitzer. "With no consideration for the health of the buyer or the medical necessity of the drugs, the defendant acted more like a street corner drug dealer than a medical practitioner."
Goodin, 58, of 19 Willoughby Avenue in Brooklyn, has offices at 673 Sutter Avenue, also in Brooklyn.
Special Assistant Attorney General Glenn M. Jones, of MFCU's New York City Regional Office, is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.
The charges against Goodin are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.