Staten Island Doctor Accused In Oxycodone Ploy
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Federal authorities have arrested and accused a Staten Island doctor of being a human pill dispenser and handing out oxycodone like candy.
Undercover agents found that 83-year-old Dr. Felix Lanting was writing at least fifteen oxycodone prescriptions a day, seven days a week, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
1010 WINS Reporter Juliet Papa with details
Authorities said the doctor wrote over 3,000 prescriptions for the pill in total.
Many of the so-called patients didn’t even get an exam — bringing in a fraudulent MRI just in case.
Court papers said neighbors were complaining of the comings and goings out of Lanting’s home office since April.
Some of the activity slowed after a family put an ax to his front door when their child overdosed.
Lanting also hired bouncers for protection. However, authorities said the bouncers recruited people to make out on the deal themselves — selling the oxycodone which carried a street value of $3,000 for 180 pills.
Lanting was released Tuesday on $100,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
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