- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A central New Jersey doctor who ran a pain management practice and two of his assistants have been indicted on charges they ran a prescription drug ring.

Monmouth County prosecutors say the doctor, Kenneth Lewandowski; his former office manager, Thomas Menendez, and Ronald Scott, a physician’s assistant, are each charged with conspiracy, distributing oxycodone and unlawful practice of medicine in the indictment handed up Tuesday by a county grand jury.

Lewandowski’s medical license has been temporarily suspended.

Prosecutors say Lewandowski and Menendez conspired to sell forged prescription blanks for Oxycodone. They obtained prescription pads in the name of a licensed doctor without consent and then sold the prescription blanks for cash without any type of medical needs assessment.

They allegedly used Lewandowski’s old patient files to find people eager to buy the forged prescriptions for $300 to $400 per prescription. The prescriptions allegedly were filled out by Lewandowski in the name of the licensed doctor without his knowledge.

Lewandowski and Menendez also allegedly conspired with Scott, who prosecutors say wrote prescriptions for Lewandowski’s former patients without the approval of a licensed physician.

Telephone numbers for the three men could not be located Tuesday. Each man faces a lengthy prison term if convicted on all counts.

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