Long Island Doc Held Without Bail in Painkiller Probe

Dr. Eric Jacobson has been jailed since his arrest four weeks ago.

Friday, Jul 6, 2012  |  Updated 8:44 AM EDT
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Long Island Doc Held Without Bail in Painkiller Probe

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File photo: Dr. Eric Jacobson

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A Long Island doctor accused of prescribing painkillers to man who later pleaded guilty to shooting people in a pharmacy has been ordered to be held without bail.

Dr. Eric Jacobson has been jailed since his arrest four weeks ago.

 His attorney had requested Jacobson be released on $1.2 million bail.

Federal prosecutors argued in court Thursday there was no way to "assure the safe of the community" if Jacobson was to be released, Newsday reported

Authorities say the doctor slipped painkiller prescriptions under his doormat and received cash from David Laffer and his wife, Melinda Brady.

Laffer is serving life in prison after killing four people during a pharmacy robbery for prescription painkillers in Medford, on Long Island, last year. Brady is serving 25 years in prison.

"What he did was a sick act, and had nothing to do with me prescribing him medication," Jacobson told NBC last December.

Prosecutors allege in court papers that Jacobson profited by illegally dispensing painkiller prescriptions.

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