Psychiatrist Caught Selling Prescriptions For Cash

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that an undercover investigation by his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has resulted in the arrest of a Brooklyn psychiatrist for selling drug prescriptions for cash. The payments for the prescriptions ranged from $80 to $250 each.

Dr. Aleksandr Khaysman was arrested at his medical office on Ocean Parkway this morning. He will be arraigned later today in Brooklyn Criminal Court on nine counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Spitzer said, "The authority to write prescriptions is a powerful tool, one entrusted to physicians to protect the health and safety of their patients. By selling prescriptions for cash, the defendant acted as nothing more than a drug dealer armed with a prescription pad and needlessly put the public at risk. My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to aggressively ferret out such criminal activity."

Acting on information received by the MFCU, undercover agents posing as Medicaid recipients visited Dr. Khaysman's office on various occasions between September 1999 and March 2000. During the visits, Khaysman sold prescriptions for Vicodin-ES, Xanax, and Alprazolam (the generic form of Xanax) to the agents. In one instance, Khaysman even accommodated an undercover by selling him a prescription for 60 Xanax pills in the name of another individual.

Khaysman, 47, lives at 925 Midway in Woodmere, Long Island. His office is located at 3045 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert Dublirer, Deputy Director of the New York City Regional Office of Spitzer's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.

The charges against Dr. Khaysman are accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.