A Nyack physician has admitted selling painkiller prescriptions to drug dealers from his offices in midtown Manhattan and Rockland County, authorities said.
Dr. David Brizer pleaded guilty in Rockland County Court Friday to felony drug sale, drug possession and conspiracy charges as well as tax fraud for underreporting his income by $490,000 on his state tax returns in 2010 and 2011, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
The 60-year-old Brizer faces a sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison.
He charged his customers up to $300 for each prescription and racked up several million dollars in illegal sales, first out of his 48 Burd St. office in Nyack and more recently at his 244 W. 54th St. office in midtown Manhattan, Schneiderman said.
Brizer allegedly sold prescriptions to reputed drug dealers, including Franklin Walker, 52, of Westtown in Orange County, during a one-year period that ended in July 2012, Schneiderman said. Brizer's prescriptions allowed Walker to obtain up to 240 oxycodone pills at a time, officials said.
Walker was arrested in December on charges of grand larceny and drug possession after he got Medicaid to pay thousands of dollars to pharmacies for drugs he illegally obtained and resold, officials said. He faces nine years in prison if convicted.
In August, investigators from three state agencies, including Schneiderman's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, searched Brizer's Manhattan apartment under a warrant and also seized documents at Brizer's former residence in Fort Lee, N.J.
His license to practice medicine was suspended in September, according to a state database. Brizer is the author of several books, including "Quitting Smoking For Dummies," according to a website for his medical practice.