Doctor Found Guilty in Trial for Illegally Distributing Oxycodone from Midtown Manhattan Practice | USAO-SDNY

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced earlier today that a federal jury has found HOWARD ADELGLASS guilty of participating in a conspiracy to illegally prescribe oxycodone. The accused was found guilty after a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2023, before Judge Rakoff.

US Attorney Damian Williams said: ‘Doctor Howard Adelglass was a drug dealer, but instead of selling drugs around the corner, he dispensed drugs with a prescription pad from his ‘clinic’. Pain Management” from Central Park South. For years, the defendant prescribed huge amounts of highly addictive and deadly opioids to people he knew had substance abuse disorders or who were drug dealers. By distributing gigantic quantities of oxycodone tablets to people without a legitimate medical purpose, the defendant destroyed lives and families. Along with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to hold accountable those responsible for fueling the opioid crisis that is ravaging our community and nation.

According to the allegations contained in the indictment, the evidence presented at trial and the matters included in the public documents:

HOWARD ADELGLASS was a licensed physician. Along with Marcello Sansone, the Defendant operated a pain management clinic located in Midtown Manhattan (the “Clinic”). The clinic served alleged patients seeking oxycodone and other painkillers commonly diverted for illicit purposes. In exchange for cash payments, and in some cases cocaine, ADELGLASS wrote thousands of prescriptions for large amounts of oxycodone, and he wrote many to people whom ADELGLASS knew did not need. pills for legitimate medical purposes. When they took place, the ADELGLASS examinations were superficial. The defendant’s alleged patients included people who were addicted to opioids and, in some cases, who sold oxycodone on the street. Even in the face of clear evidence of drug abuse and hijacking of his alleged patients, ADELGLASS continued to prescribe large amounts of oxycodone to them.

Initially, ADELGLASS staffed the clinic with young, inexperienced women, some of whom were dependent on oxycodone. Around October 2018, after serving as the primary source of patient referrals, Sansone took over as the clinic’s office manager. In this role, Sansone helped control access to ADELGLASS and the lucrative prescriptions he wrote for medically unnecessary oxycodone. With particularly vulnerable patients, the defendants solicited and, in some cases, received sexual acts in exchange for prescriptions of oxycodone.

Between or around November 2017 and around September 2020, ADELGLASS prescribed over 1.3 million tablets of oxycodone.

On October 13, 2022, Sansone pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone. Sansone is expected to be sentenced on February 13, 2023, before Judge Rakoff.

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ADELGLASS, 67, of New York, New York, was convicted of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

This case is handled by the Narcotics Unit of the Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas W. Chiuchiolo, Marguerite B. Colson, and Daniel G. Nessim are charged with the prosecution.

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