A Long Island doctor was arrested Thursday by federal agents and stands accused of distributing more than 300,000 prescription pain pills to patients, including selling some of the pills to drug addicts, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.
Carmine Mandarano, 61, of Northport, will appear Dec. 12 at the U.S. District Court in Central Islip after surrendering himself to DEA agents Thursday morning. He is being charged with violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act, federal prosecutors said.
DEA agents launched an investigation last year after receiving a tip from a drug counselor that several patients identified Mandarano “as a doctor from whom it was ‘easy’ to obtain prescriptions for oxycodone,” the complaint said.
After the federal agents began digging into Mandarano’s prescription history, they found he wrote more prescriptions for more than 308,000 pills from 2010 to 2012. They obtained a search warrant for his East Islip office last April and seized all of his patient files as part of the investigation.
Prosecutors said at least one of Mandarano’s patients informed him that they had checked into an inpatient drug program for oxycodone addiction and despite the admission; Mandarano allegedly continued to prescribe the pills.
Citing the doctor’s records, federal agents said a drug test showed no sign of oxycodone in a second patient’s system, even though the patient had been receiving numerous oxycodone prescriptions.
A third patient, according to the complaint, allegedly told the doctor that he was selling 8mg pills of Suboxone for between $10 and $15 each. After that admission, Mandarano is accused of writing another 18 prescriptions to the unidentified patient and collecting a $100 cash payment for each of the Suboxone prescriptions.
Mandarano will have an initial court appearance on Thursday afternoon and it was unclear if he has hired an attorney. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.