Federal prosecutors announced 24 indictments on Wednesday, including a
doctor from Kingston who was the ringleader in an Oxycodone distribution
ring that federal drug agents are calling "the largest pill mill
in the Northeast".
The operation was based in the Bronx where medical clinics known as Astramed
were charging cash for medically unnecessary prescriptions written by
the clinic's doctors.
Dr. Kevin Lowe, 54, of Kingston, Vokart Alsaidi, 30, of Mount Vernon, George
Barrow, 57, of Peekskill and David Moody, 57, of Middletown were among
the 24 people charged with one count each of conspiracy to distribute
and possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, according to the U.S.
The drug ring was said to reap millions of dollars. The clinics typically
charged $300 for doctors visit that involved no physical exam and resulted
in the issuance of prescriptions for large doses of Oxycodone. The doctors
who worked for Lowe were paid not for each patient they examined, but
rather, for each prescription they wrote.
All of the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison
if convicted and were to be arraigned in federal court in Manhattan on
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