Feds Arrest L.I. Doctor in Painkiller Investigation

Dr. Frank Telang of Port Jefferson Station is second Long Island physician arrested in an ongoing federal investigation into the distribution of painkillers

By Colleen Long
|  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011  |  Updated 4:46 PM EDT
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Feds Arrest L.I. Doctor in Painkiller Investigation

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A New York physician has been indicted on federal charges of illegally prescribing painkillers and other drugs.

Authorities say Dr. Frank Telang of Port Jefferson Station pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday after being arrested at his home in Port Jefferson Station, on New York's Long Island. He was expected to post $350,000 bond.

There was no attorney information immediately available.

Telang is accused of selling prescriptions for controlled substances. He is the second Long Island physician arrested in an ongoing federal investigation into the distribution of painkillers.

Earlier this month, Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally selling prescriptions for painkillers from his home and car.

The issue of painkiller abuse drew national attention earlier this year when four people were murdered during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.

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