Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Thursday a New York-based physician and pediatric nurse practitioner were charge with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and oxycodone.
Seventy-four-year-old Ernesto Lopez of Flushing and 49-year-old Sharon Washington-Bhamre of Rochelle Park, New Jersey wrote thousands of prescriptions for oxycodone and fentanyl patches without performing a physical examination of patients from 2015 until October 2017, according to court documents.
Lopez operated several clinics in Manhattan, Jackson Heights and Franklin Square. Baker worked in two of Lopez’s offices. Lopez received between $200 to $300 for 120 30-miligram tablets and fentanyl patches.
Lopez wrote over 8,000 prescriptions for oxycodone between January 2014 and present. During this period, he received approximately $2 million in fees from patients.
Washington-Bhamre wrote numerous oxycodone prescriptions from December 2014 until October 2017.
Washington-Bhamre and Lopez are facing a maximum 20-year prison sentence.