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Post date: May 15 2015

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Former Rochester Pharmacy Technician Who Posed As Doctor To Illegally Obtain Prescription Narcotics

Defendant Used Medicaid Benefits To Pay For Bogus Prescriptions

ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of William Martinez, 34, of Rochester, who admitted in court to posing as a doctor in order to unlawfully obtain narcotics from a pharmacy using his Medicaid benefits card. Martinez pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a Class C felony, before The Honorable Melchor Castro in Monroe County Court. Mr. Martinez is expected to receive a determinate prison term of 1 ½ years, 1 ½ years of post-release supervision, and restitution for the cost to the Medicaid program when sentencing occurs on May 29.

“Posing as a doctor to illegally obtain narcotics represents a serious breach of trust and serves to fuel the cycle of addiction,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Today’s guilty plea will hold the defendant accountable for his actions and will ensure that Medicaid is reimbursed for funds that were misused in the course of these misdeeds.” 

The investigation, conducted by the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), revealed that on February 12, 2015, Martinez called a CVS pharmacy in the city of Rochester claiming that he was Dr. Antonios Katsetos, a duly licensed physician working at Unity hospital in the emergency room, authorizing the pharmacy to fill and dispense a prescription for Percocet for patient William F. Martinez. Less than an hour after he made the phony phone call, Martinez came to the CVS pharmacy and picked up the illegally obtained drugs.

Martinez was previously charged by the Rochester Police Department and the Greece Police Department with the same type of conduct on separate offenses. The defendant admitted to those charges as well in a separate case in Superior Court.

The case was investigated by Special Investigator David Guidici, with support from Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk. Rochester Police Department (RPD) Investigator Erin B. Rodgers and GPD Sgt. Stephen Scalise aided in the case. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Catherine Wagner. The RPD and Greece cases are being handled by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kennedy of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting Director Amy Held. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.