- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island legislator has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges alleging he conspired with others to peddle oxycodone pills and prescriptions for cash.

Southampton Town councilman Bradley Bender pleaded guilty Tuesday after surrendering to federal authorities at U.S. District Court in Central Islip (EYE’-slihp).

It’s unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Prosecutors say Bender received phony prescriptions for oxycodone from a physician assistant. They allege he filled the prescriptions and then traded the pills for cash and steroids. The physician assistant was also arrested and has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say the pills were later illegally sold on the street.

Bender was elected as a Southampton town councilman in 2013.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst did not immediately return a call for comment.

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