PLATTSBURGH — A downstate doctor has been charged with trading illegal prescriptions for cash and sexually explicit pictures.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of Dale T. Dudley, 59, of New Rochelle on Friday afternoon.
Dudley is accused of mailing illegal prescriptions for the controlled substance Xanax to a former female patient, who resides in Plattsburgh, in exchange for money and sexually explicit photos.
“The defendant in this case believed it was OK to use a former patient to make money and demand explicit photos in exchange for pills,” Schneiderman said in a press release.
“My office will utilize the law to the fullest extent to bring to justice those who would abuse their fellow citizens for their own personal gain.”
Dudley was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court before City Judge Mark Rogers. He is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of willful violation of health laws, a misdemeanor.
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If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in state prison.
Dudley is a New York state Medicaid provider and licensed physician authorized to issue prescriptions for controlled substances. The former patient is a Medicaid recipient.
According to the complaint, Dudley treated her from December 2007 until May 2008 for a heroin addiction at La Casa De Salud, a clinic in Bronx.
After their patient-physician relationship ended, she and Dudley continued a non-patient relationship where he allegedly issued numerous prescriptions to her for controlled substances, namely Suboxone and Xanax, in return for explicit photographs and cash.
After learning of the relationship from the former patient, staff from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Plattsburgh-based State Police, conducted an investigation.
Law enforcement recorded telephone conversations between the woman and Dudley between August and October of this year, during which she requested two prescriptions for Xanax be mailed to her for the purpose of being sold.
The prescriptions that were mailed to her were written on prescription pads issued by Dudley’s previous employer – the same clinic where he met her and where he last worked more than a year ago, the news release said.
The case was investigated by Investigator Michael Connelly and Investigator Samuel Scotellaro III of the Attorney General's Office, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Dianne Tuffey, with assistance from FBI Special Agent Donald Chu and Special Agent Michelle Pherson and New York State Police Investigator Rebecca Finn.
The case is being prosecuted by the Albany Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General. Special Assistant Attorney General Erin Lynch represented the people under the supervision of Regional Director Kathleen A. Boland, Special Deputy Attorney General Monica Hickey-Martin, and Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.
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