Riverhead Physician Assistant Charged With Selling Rx

A physician assistant who operated two East End urgent care clinics was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing prescriptions for addictive pain medicine to drug dealers in exchange for cash, federal authorities said.

Michael Troyan was indicted on charges of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the 37-year-old Riverhead man issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to alleged co-conspirators between November 2011 and October 2015.

Undercover investigators allegedly captured Troyan on video at his office, East End Urgent and Primary Care in Riverhead, writing phony prescriptions for oxycodone and receiving half of the profit from the street sale of the pills, authorities said.

Troyan will be arraigned Wednesday at Central Islip federal court. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.