2016-12-14 / Front Page

Feds Charge Astoria Doctor In Massive Drug Scheme

By Liz Goff
Federal authorities busted a Queens doctor on December 2 for illegally selling prescriptions for oxycodone at clinics he operated in Astoria and Jamaica.

A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors states that Dr. Emmanuel Lambrakis, 69, sold approximately 23,000 prescriptions for oxycodone, an addictive narcotic with a street value of $30 per pill, between 2011 and 2016 from his clinic at 32-76 31 Street in Astoria and at a second clinic he operates in Jamaica.

The complaint alleges Lambrakis charged $150 per patient for visits that took less than five minutes. Lambrakis saw multiple patients at one time in a single examination room, prosecutors said. During those visits, Lambrakis would touch each patient and rotate their arms or legs as if performing an examination, the complaint states. He kept conversation with the patients to a minimum, and wrote prescriptions for 120, 30mg tablets of oxycodone for each patient as they left the room, prosecutors said.

Investigators determined that Lambrakis conducted more than 30 of the multiple examinations in one day, and is estimated to have collected more than $2.5 million in patient fees, prosecutors said.

Lambrakis faces up to 20 years in federal prison on numerous drug related charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

“Although licensed as a doctor, as alleged, Emmanuel Lambrakis was a prolific and dangerous drug dealer,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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