Riverhead Physician Assistant Gets 5 Years for Selling Rx

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A physician assistant from Riverhead was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison after he admitted to writing prescriptions for large amounts of addictive painkillers in exchange for cash.

Michael Troyan, 38, had pleaded guilty in June at Central Islip federal court to conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone. One of his co-conspirators, former Southampton Town Councilman Bradley Bender, was sentenced in June to 24 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

“For years, Troyan supplied Bender and others with phony prescriptions for huge quantities of oxycodone pills, which Bender filled and illegally exchanged for cash and steroids with another co-conspirator,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “The oxycodone pills were then re-sold to drug abusers, sustaining the destructive abuse of opioid analgesics in our communities.”

Prosecutors said undercover investigators captured Troyan on video writing phony prescriptions for oxycodone and receiving large quantities of cash between November 2011 and October 2015.

Judge Denis Hurley ordered Troyan to forfeit $710,290 and added three years’ supervised release as a part of his sentence.