Amherst doctor accused of being prescription drug dealer indicted by federal grand jury

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A doctor accused of writing hundreds of prescriptions to patients to fuel drug addictions was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

Doctor Albert R. Cowie, a 37-year-old Amherst radiologist, was arrested in April on suspicion of illegally writing prescriptions for addictive drugs. Police say he wrote 280 illegal prescriptions over about four years.

The people he is accused of writing prescriptions for, including a prostitute, each gave Cowie some of the pills back to help his alleged drug addiction.

Cowie is accused of writing prescriptions for oxycodone, percocet, hydrocodone and xanax. The grand jury accused him of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance by fraud, conspiracy to commit a drug felony and health care fraud.

If found guilty, Cowie is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1 million.

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