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Post date: April 27 2001

Bronx Doctor Gets Six Months In Jail For Selling Prescriptions For Powerful Drugs

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Dr. George Austin Carr, a Bronx urologist arrested in December for selling drug prescriptions for highly addictive medications, has been sentenced to six months in jail. He was immediately remanded.

Appearing for sentencing yesterday in Bronx Criminal Court before Judge David Stadmeyer, Dr. Carr was also sentenced to 4? years' probation.

Spitzer said, "This scam was particularly insidious because by selling prescriptions with no consideration for the health of the buyer or the medical necessity of the drug, the defendant not only betrayed his sworn duty as a medical practitioner but helped fuel the drug habits of scores of street-level addicts. I hope this prosecution sends a clear and strong message to others who are tempted to flagrantly disregard the law to line their own pockets: We will aggressively prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Dr. Carr's arrest was the result of a four-month sting operation by Spitzer's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). Dr. Carr, whose office was only open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, became the focus of an investigation after ordering three times the number of triplicate prescriptions pads as compared to other physicians. Triplicate pads are required for the dispensing of controlled drugs.

On four separate occasions between October 20th and December 1, 2000, Dr. Carr sold four prescriptions for Xanax and Vicodin-ES, two powerful and highly addictive drugs to an undercover investigator, without conducting any medical exam. One of the prescriptions was written for the investigator's girlfriend, who was not present. Dr. Carr was paid $100 for each prescription.

Dr. Carr, 49, has an office at 339 East Fordham Road. He lives at 39 Altamont Avenue in Tarrytown, New York. Dr. Carr pleaded guilty last month to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance.

Spitzer noted that his office has referred the case to the State Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct for review of Dr. Carr's medical license.

Special Assistant Attorney General Roxanne E. Wild, of the MFCU's New York City Regional Office, prosecuted the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.