ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - A doctor has been convicted of selling prescriptions for painkillers out of his home in Rochester.
Dr. John Maye wrote around 100,000 scripts and sold them without ever seeing the patients. Prosecutors say he collected about a million dollars before he was caught. Maye sent the scripts to customers in all 50 states.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says a federal jury in Buffalo convicted Maye of illegal distribution of narcotics. Maye linked up with a website based in Florida, where customers could simply log-in and ask for painkillers like hydrocodone.
Asst. U.S. Attorney Frank Pimentel said, "And in many cases not even speaking with them. In some cases he would have a very brief phone call with them, a minute, two minutes."
Asst. U.S. Attorney Robert Moscati added, "Sometimes he would ask for records but evidence was he didn't always look at the records or get the records."
Maye could face up to six years in prison when sentenced in January, but his attorney, Daniel Oliverio, is appealing on grounds that before 2008 there was no federal law against this.
"Dr. Maye, in March of 2004, sent a letter to the NY Office of Professional Medical Conduct informing them exactly what he would be doing, acting as a physician consultant in the practice of internet pharmacy for patients seeking prescriptions over the internet," Oliverio said.
But federal law or not, prosecutors say no doctor should dole out painkillers to a patient without seeing the patient first.
Pimentel concluded, "It was not legitimate practice of medicine."
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