Long Island Doc Pleads Guilty in Painkillers Case

Dr. Frank Telang of Port Jefferson Station pleaded guilty in federal court on Long Island

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:21 PM EDT
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Long Island Doc Pleads Guilty in Painkillers Case

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A New York physician has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally peddling prescription drugs.

Dr. Frank Telang of Port Jefferson Station pleaded guilty in federal court on Long Island to illegally distributing oxycodone, a highly addictive prescription pain killer. He also admitted to income tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say he faces up to 25 years in prison. No sentencing date was announced.

Telang was accused of selling prescriptions for cash to several undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents posing as patients.

He was arrested amid a heightened awareness of prescription painkiller abuse following the massacre of four people inside a Long Island pharmacy in June 2011.

Several other New York area physicians have been arrested in the ongoing federal probe.

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