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NY Attorney And Spouse Arrested For Alleged Prescription Drug Scheme

Prescription painkillers (file/credit: CBS 2)

Prescription painkillers (file/credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New York City attorney and her physician’s assistant boyfriend have pleaded not guilty in a case that claims they were involved in a prescription painkiller scheme.

WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell Reports

Perri Weissman and Eric Schein were arrested Thursday morning at their Manhattan apartment. Both were released on bail.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan alleges that over a 16-month period, the pair filled 163 prescriptions in their own names for more than 13,000 pills.

Schein is accused of stealing prescription pads while working at Mount Sinai Medical School and elsewhere.

Some of the prescriptions were filled at pharmacies near the couple’s Upper East Side home.

Authorities say Weissman had worked as an in-house lawyer for a drug store chain before being fired. Part of her job was to review subpoenas from Brennan’s office.

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