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Post date: May 29 2015

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentencing Of Rochester Man Who Posed As Doctor In Order To Illegally Obtain Drugs

William Martinez Pretended To Be A Doctor In Order To Obtain Drugs From A Local Pharmacy; Will Serve 1 ½ Years In Prison

Schneiderman: Defrauding The Medical System To Illegally Obtain Narcotics Is Dangerous And Feeds Cycle Of Abuse

ROCHESTER—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the sentencing of William Martinez, age 34 of Rochester, who previously pled guilty for pretending to be a doctor in order to unlawfully obtain narcotics from a pharmacy using his Medicaid benefits card. Martinez was sentenced to a determinate prison term of 1½  years, 1½ years post-release supervision and restitution for the cost to the Medicaid program. 

“Seeking to defraud the medical system in order to illegally obtain narcotics is dangerous and feeds the cycle of prescription drug abuse,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Whether you are a medical professional or a Medicaid recipient, my office will bring criminal charges against those who create fraudulent prescriptions for narcotics for their own use or for the use of others.”

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 10/325 #30 for patient William F. Martinez, DOB 8/16/80.  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 had previously been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a class C felony. He also previously pled guilty to similar but separate charges that were investigated by the Rochester Police Department and the Greece Police Department. 

The case was investigated by Special Investigator David Guidici, under the supervision of Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk, with assistance from RPD Investigator Erin B. Rodgers and GPD Sgt. Stephen Scalise. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Catherine Wagner, who is also the Regional Director of the Rochester office and the Chief of Criminal Investigations-Upstate.  The RPD and Greece cases were handled by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kennedy of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.