- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A physician assistant on Long Island has been arrested on charges he gave illegal prescriptions to drug dealers.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1kvBCED ) 37-year-old Michael Troyan was arrested Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, illegally attempting to distribute and distributing oxycodone.

Authorities say Troyan operates two medical clinics, but hired doctors at both places as supervisors while he wrote prescriptions for drugs including oxycodone.

Prosecutors say Troyan wrote prescriptions for 60,000 oxycodone pills from 2011 to 2015 and gave them to a network of street dealers. Officials say the dealers sold the pills for $10 each and kicked half of the proceeds back to Troyan.

Defense attorney Richard Haley declined to comment.

Troyan faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he’s convicted.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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