A team of law enforcement officers filed charges against four Montgomery County physicians for allegedly writing illegal prescriptions for opioids, fraud and other crimes.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and state, local and federal law enforcement held a press conference Wednesday to discuss various criminal charges against the four area physicians.
Charged are Lawrence I. Miller, 48, whose medical office is in Hatfield; Brian C. Keeley, 61, whose medical office is in Ambler; Joseph F. Cipriano, 56, whose medical office was out of his home in Norristown and Joseph M. Rybicki, 59, whose medical office is in Lower Moreland, writes Marian Dennis in The Times Herald.
Norristown doctor Joseph Cirpiano, whose practice was located on DeKalb Street, was charged with two counts of corrupt organization, two counts of dealing in pr
oceeds of unlawful activity, eight counts of welfare fraud, three counts of insurance fraud, eight counts of unlawful prescribing and eight counts of prescribing to a drug dependent person. Police say Cipriano, who was arrested on July 18, prescribed large amounts of narcotics to several female patients in exchange for nude photographs and other sexual favors.
Assisting in the investigation were the Montgomery County Detective Bureau’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA, Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, Hatfield Township Police Department, Abington Township Police Department, Ambler Borough Police Department, East Norriton Township Police Department, Lower Moreland Township Police Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Investigations and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation.
“If you’re a doctor and you’re providing dealers with scripts to sell on the street, or if you are illegally prescribing medicine to addicts you should beware. Four doctors we’re talking about today and we’re not finished with our investigations,” said Steele.
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