A Rockland County and Manhattan-based doctor pleaded guilty today for charges of selling pain medications to drug dealers, illegally possessing controlled substances and underreporting his income, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Dr. David Brizer sold millions of dollars of prescription narcotics out of his offices and underreported his incomes taxes by about $500,0000, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. His sentencing is scheduled for June 11 and he faces one to three years in prison.
“Instead of caring for the sick, Dr. Brizer used his medical license to place powerful addictive narcotics in the hands of drug dealers and feed a prescription drug epidemic that is devastating communities and families across New York,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Brizer, 60, of Manhattan, appeared in Rockland County Court today and pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Prescription of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Tax Fraud and Conspiracy, a news release said.
Between May 2011 and August 2012 he sold about 240 oxycodone pills and other painkillers at a price of $300 to individuals and drug dealers, Schneiderman said. In February 2010 he sold prescriptions to drug dealer Franklin Walker.
Brizer allegedly sold several million dollars worth of narcotics out of his Nyack office located at 48 Burd Street and also out of his Manhattan office at 244 West 54th Street.
A plea agreement would require Brizer to pay $42,712 for the unpaid income taxes he owes, Schneiderman said. Brizer failed to report about $240,000 on his tax returns in 2010 and about $250,000 in 2011, prosecutors said.