- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey doctor has been sentenced to five years in state prison for conspiring with a drug dealer and others to illegally distribute thousands of painkillers.

State authorities say Eugene Evans Jr. wrote fraudulent prescriptions for people he never treated. The 56-year-old Roselle Park resident had pleaded guilty in April to distributing a controlled dangerous substance and has surrendered his medical license.

Authorities say Evans wrote false prescriptions for high-dose oxycodone pills. He provided the prescriptions to David Roth, a 44-year-old a Marlboro resident who authorities say supplied Evans with the purported patients’ names and birthdays.

There was no legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.

Evans wrote multiple prescriptions at a time for each of the purported patients. Once Roth had a prescription, authorities say he went to a pharmacy with the person named in the prescription to fill it.

Roth paid Evans for writing the prescriptions, authorities said, and he also paid the individuals he recruited as purported patients, either in cash, prescription narcotics, or both. Roth would then illegally distribute the pills, typically selling each 30 milligram oxycodone tablet for $20 or $30.

Roth has pleaded guilty to distribution of narcotics. State prosecutors will recommend that he get a seven-year state prison term when he’s sentenced Aug. 28.

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