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Orangetown Police Helped Probe That Convicted Pill-Pushing Doctor

Orangetown police participated in a two-year investigation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of a New York City doctor for illegally dispensing more than a million painkillers.
Orangetown police participated in a two-year investigation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of a New York City doctor for illegally dispensing more than a million painkillers. Photo Credit: flickr

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- Orangetown police took part in a two-year investigation that has resulted in the conviction of a New York City doctor for illegally dispensing more than 1 million painkillers, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Dr. Moshe B. Mirilasvhili, 67, of Great Neck, N.Y.., was convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone -- and the actual distribution of the highly-addictive narcotic, Bharara said.

Bharara was joined in the announcement on Thursday, March 17, by James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Participating in the probe was the DEA’s Tactical Diversion’s Squad -- New York, which was comprised of agents and officers of the DEA, the New York Police Department, the Westchester County Police Department, the Town of Orangetown Police Department, and the New York State Department of Finance.

Mirilashvili, who had offices in Manhattan and the Bronx, wrote more than 13,000 “medically unnecessary prescriptions” between 2012 and 2014 for oxycodone, typically in return for cash, Bharara said.

The prescriptions netted nearly 1.2 million pills with a street value of $36 million and made the doctor about $2.4 million, the U.S. attorney said.

Bharara said that Mirilashvili was “blinded by greed.”

Mirilashvili typically charged $200 in cash for “patient visits” that typically involved little, if any, actual examination and almost always resulted in the issuance of a prescription for a large quantity of oxycodone, typically 90 30-milligram tablets, Bharara said.

A single prescription for 90, 30-milligram oxycodone pills has an average resale value in New York City of $2,700 or more, he said.

Ten other participants in the conspiracy have pleaded guilty, Bharara said.

Mirilashvili, who faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for his part in the conspiracy and up to 40 years behind bars on the distribution convictions, is to be sentenced in July.

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