A Bay Shore cancer doctor who authorities say hasn't treated a patient since last April but has allegedly prescribed or sold hundreds of painkillers in recent months was arraigned Friday on more than $1 million bond.
The oncologist, Dr. Binod K. Singh, had been under scrutiny by the Suffolk County Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for months when he was arrested Thursday afternoon for driving drunk with empty liquor bottles "strewn" throughout his Nissan Pathfinder SUV, according to the prosecutor and court papers.
Singh, who turned 40 a day earlier, has been charged with criminal diversion of prescription medications, a misdemeanor, criminal sale of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated, both felonies. Singh's drunken driving charge was upgraded to a felony because he has previously been convicted of driving while under the influence or with alcohol or drugs.
Singh, of 33 Oakwood Blvd., is accused of trading two blank prescription forms in Brentwood on Jan. 29 in exchange for $240; selling the narcotic oxycodone during the same transaction date and repeatedly sending a 51-year-old unemployed man from Brentwood he'd never treated into a pharmacy to fill prescriptions Singh had written.
"I was never under Dr. Singh's care when he gave me . . . these prescriptions. He gave them to us just to get them filled and for us to give him the pills. He never examined or treated me," the unemployed man said in a sworn statement to police.
He added: "This routine happened many times." The man would be paid $20 for his work.
Singh agreed to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip without an attorney. Judge Patricia Filiberto entered not guilty pleas on Singh's behalf then ordered him jailed on $502,000 bail or $1,002,000 bond and urged him to retain a lawyer.
Told by prosecutor Michelle Chiuchiolo of Singh's ties to New Delhi, India, the judge ordered Singh to surrender his passport and medical license. "Dr. Singh has not seen patients in upwards of a year," Chiuchiolo told the judge.
Members of Singh's family in the courtroom gallery Friday declined to comment.