A nurse practioner was sentenced Tuesday to nine-to-19 years in prison illegally selling prescription painkillers from her Deer Park office in what authorities called one of the largest “pill mills” on eastern Long Island.
Ingrid Gordon-Patterson was convicted of criminal sale of a prescription, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon at Suffolk County court in June.
“She used a pen and prescription pad to make enormous sums of cash over the span of one year—an estimated $1 million paid to her by addicts and dealers who resold the oxycodone pills,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Patchogue woman sold more than 1,100 prescriptions for 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets from June 11, 2011 to June 6, 2012. The street value of the pills at the time was $20 per 30-milligram tablet, according to investigators.
Investigators also seized an unregistered, loaded .38-caliber Titan Tiger Revolver when they executed a search warrant on her office, authorities said.
Prosecutors had asked Judge Richard Ambro to give Patterson the maximum sentence of 26 years in state prison.