Southampton Councilman Pleads Guilty to Selling Rx

A Southampton Town councilman resigned his post and admitted to illegally selling prescription painkillers over a three-year span.

Bradley Bender pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone at Central Islip federal court.

“Councilman Bender’s actions in this oxycodone distribution conspiracy victimized the very community he was entrusted to represent,” said Attorney Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Northampton man received phony prescriptions for oxycodone from a Riverhead physician assistant, Michael Troyan, filled those prescriptions, and illegally exchanged the oxycodone pills for cash and steroids with another co-conspirator between July 2012 and June of this year.

Bender was arrested Nov. 4. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.