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January 29, 2014

Former doctor faces new charges

Niagara Gazette — YOUNGSTOWN — A one-time Youngstown doctor is back in trouble with the law. 

Daniel Gillick was arrested Monday and accused of running a scam that saw him sell prescriptions for a controlled substance to a Medicaid recipient. In exchange for the prescriptions, the recipient returned half of the medication that was prescribed for him to Gillick.

The charges were brought by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman as part of an ongoing campaign to combat prescription drug abuse. The case was investigated by members of the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force. 

Gillick, 63, was arraigned in Niagara County Court on a single count of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

He is currently serving a sentence of six months of home detention for scheming with his girlfriend to illegally obtain prescription pills. That case was brought by federal prosecutors.

Gillick also surrendered his license to practice medicine.

In July, Gillick, a former emergency room doctor, admitted that while he was working at Schuyler Hospital in September 2011, his girlfriend came in and faked a medical condition that would allow him to write a prescription for Dilauded, a powerful pain killer.

His guilty plea to fraud and health care fraud charges could have netted him a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. His girlfriend, who was also charged in the federal case, was sentenced to time served from her arrest and has now been released form custody.

At a news conference in Buffalo on Tuesday, Schneiderman said the new charges were the result of parallel state and federal investigations.

“He violated both federal and state law,” the attorney general said. “So first he was arrested and tried federally and now we’re bringing our case.”

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