United States: Manhattan Doctor Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison For Bribery And Kickback Scheme, And For Distributing Oxycodone And Fentanyl For No Legitimate Medical Purpose

Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that GORDON FREEDMAN, a doctor who practised in New York, New York, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 121 months in prison for participating in a scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks in the form of fees for sham educational programs (“Speaker Programs”) from pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics in exchange for prescribing millions of dollars worth of Subsys, a potent fentanyl-based spray manufactured by Insys, among other offences (the “Insys Bribery Offenses”).  FREEDMAN was convicted of the Insys Bribery Offenses following a jury trial.  FREEDMAN was also sentenced to 210 months in prison, to run concurrently to the other sentence, for distributing oxycodone and fentanyl to a patient for no legitimate medical purpose (the “Diversion Offense”).  That patient ultimately died of a fentanyl overdose from drugs FREEDMAN illegally prescribed him.  FREEDMAN pled guilty to the Diversion Offense in December 2019.

FREEDMAN was sentenced by United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood.

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Dr Gordon Freedman, a prominent Manhattan physician, allowed his medical judgment to be corrupted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes that he accepted from Insys in return for prescribing Subsys, a potent fentanyl painkiller.  These payments were made to appear like legitimate speaker program fees, but as the evidence at Freedman’s trial revealed, the speaker programs were a sham and were simply a way for Insys to line Freedman’s pockets.  In addition, Freedman prescribed excessive quantities of oxycodone and fentanyl to one of his patients for no legitimate medical purpose.  The patient overdosed and died from fentanyl prescribed by Freedman.  Freedman will now be serving a long prison sentence for accepting bribes and prescribing medically unnecessary opioids.”

The original full article can be found at justice.gov

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