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January 27, 2014

Former Youngstown doctor faces new charge

A former Youngstown doctor has now been charged with selling Lortab prescriptions to a Medicaid recipient who then turned over half the pills.

Daniel C. Gillick, 63, of Youngstown was charged with criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance before Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas in Niagara County Court and released on his own recognizance, according to a release from the office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Between June and September 2010, Gillick, an emergency room doctor, wrote prescriptions for Lortab for a hydrocodone-dependent Medicaid recipient who, in turn, returned half of the Lortab tablets to Gillick each time he filled a prescription. The recipient confirmed that he had never received a medical examination or treatment from Gillick and that he had returned half of the Lortabs to Gillick. The recipient also admitted using his Medicaid prescription coverage to fill the prescriptions at local pharmacies, according to the attorney general's office.

Just this past December, Gillick was sentenced to six months of home detention and two years probation after having pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and health care fraud. As a part of the plea, he surrendered his medical license, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In that case, between August 2011 and Sept. 7, 2011, Gillick was employed as an emergency room physician at Schuyler Hospital. During that time, Gillick devised a scheme whereby on Sept. 7, 2011, his then-girlfriend, Christine Guilfoyle, reported to the emergency room at Schuyler Hospital and pretended to suffer from a medical condition known as trygeminal neuralgia. Gillick then performed an apparent examination of her, fraudulently diagnosed her as suffering from trygeminal neuralgia and issued a prescription to her for Dilauded, a controlled substance.

On Nov. 22, Guilfoyle was sentenced to time-served for her misdemeanor conviction for possessing cocaine base.

In the case of his latest charge, suspicious activity was detected by the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), according to the attorney general's office, 

The case against Gillick is being pursued by the Buffalo Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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