NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Attorney General Letitia James is recusing herself from the state’s criminal investigation into ParCare.

The health network is accused of wrongfully obtaining and distributing COVID vaccines.

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In a statement, the attorney general’s office said James wanted to avoid “even an appearance of conflict.”

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Critics questioned her political ties to ParCare CEO Gary Schlesinger.

In December, ParCare returned 2,300 doses to the state after being accused of obtaining them illegally and offering shots on a first come, first serve basis.

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