- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A suspended physician who wrote fraudulent prescriptions for opiates on prescription blanks he obtained in another doctor’s name has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Monmouth County prosecutors say Kenneth Lewandowski had admitted his involvement in a prescription painkiller ring when he pleaded guilty in January to distributing/dispensing oxycodone and unlawful practice of medicine. The 53-year-old Middletown resident ran a pain management center in Red Bank.

Lewandowski’s medical license also was revoked as part of his sentence.

Lewandowski admitted that after his license was suspended, he got blank prescription pads in the name of another doctor with whom he was discussing going into business with in 2014.

Prosecutors say he then gave some of the blank prescription pads to his office manager, who allegedly sold them to Lewandowski’s former patients so they could get prescription painkillers.

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