RVC Doc Sentenced in Painkiller Pills Scam

Dr. Martin Roginsky, 82, received three years probation.

A Cold Spring Harbor doctor with an office on North Village Avenue was sentenced to three years probation after he was arrested for selling painkiller prescriptions to an undercover RVC police detective without performing any medical examination.

Dr. Martin Roginsky, 82, of Cold Spring Harbor, made an estimated $261K by selling phony prescriptions for Oxycodone and other painkillers. He pleaded guilty in February to fourth-degree criminal diversion of prescription medication and prescriptions, a Class A misdemeanor.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said in addition to probation, Roginsky had to surrender his medical license and pay $93,000 in restitution.

According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the Rockville Centre Police Department and the DA's Office began an undercover investigation into Roginsky after they received a tip in April 2011 that he was selling prescriptions for addictive, opiate-based painkillers like Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Roxycodone from his Rockville Centre office located at 2000 N. Village Ave.

An undercover Rockville Centre detective who claimed he was experiencing back and hand pain after falling off a roof, obtained four prescriptions for Oxycodone and Roxycodone for $225 in cash. At no point did Roginsky conduct any medical examination on the undercover detective. It is estimated that Roginsky took in more than $261,000 by selling prescriptions. The street value of the pills is estimated to be between $10 million and $15 million.

Frank April 20, 2012 at 05:56 PM
3 years’ probation and revocation of his license? A slap on the wrist? How is this fair? If he were supplying crack, heroin, or meth, he would be done. Life sentence - end of story. Instead, he supplies Oxy with a street value of $15 million and gets away with it because it is legal to prescribe. All he's guilty of is “Inappropriate prescribing” of oxycodone. Guess the AMA is one powerful lobby. How else could unscrupulous doctors profit off this swindle! BTW, those street dealers and users found with Oxy are felons: Penalty for Possession of Schedule II Drugs: * First offense: 5-40 years, 5 year mandatory min; if death or serious injury, 20 year min.; up to $2 million fine individual, $5 million other than individual. * Second offense: 10-Life, 10 year min.; if death or serious injury, not less than life; up to $4 million fine individual, $10 million other than individual. Why should this Doctor be treated any differently? Despite his age, he was involved in a drug enterprise that is destroying our communities. He intentionally violated a tenent of his Hippocratic Oath "...to practice medicine ethically..." Look at all the crimes happening in the NY metro area! Pharmacies are being robbed, people killed, just to get Oxy. What he did was clearly unethical. The punishment does not fit the crime
Dave Kloven April 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
whoopty do, guilty of a class a misd .... thats the same as having a bag of marijuana or a dwi...this guy is a criminal .. why did only have to pay 93000.00 ? didnt he sell 261000.00 in illegal prescriptions? .. Rice is a disgrace
ann April 22, 2012 at 01:05 AM
This doctor has surely done wrong but he has also treated patients with care and knowledge for many, many years. He often went out of his way to go the extra mile for patients - I know because I was such a patient. Knowing him, I think that the greatest punishment he could experience is the loss of his medical license and he did have to surrender his license.
cathy April 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Are you kidding? He should live out every day of his life behind bars!!!! I don't care how old he is....he certainly knew how to accept cash /run to the bank. I'm sure the families of even one person who died from his greed will feel comforted knowing he got "punished".
Frank April 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Amen Cathy. A one-time murderer who metes out 30 years of good will and charity is still a murderer. @ Ann. What kind of precedent are we setting here? Why should this MD gets the kid gloves treatment? simply because he's a little old man that doled out antibiotics and vaccines to the public? Are you implying because he's saved many lives in his practice that that alone should outweigh any damage he did by filling out bogus prescriptions?
CarlCarl April 24, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Frank, my boy, your numbers are waaaay off. It might read that way in some law book, but let's be honest Ms. Rice don't play like that. Peoples get responsibility programs that is unless its for DWI. Can we bring back the Rockefeller drug laws and enforce them?
Ted David April 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I fail to see how incarceration is the answer here. It costs us 60k a year to house one prisoner. This guy is done as a doc. No longer a threat. Prison would be a death sentence for an 82 year old. Are we THAT retributive and punitive?
Frank April 24, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Yes. We send many youth to prison for lesser crimes. It's a matter of principle. Do the crime... Do the time. what's fair is fair.
BK May 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Nobody died geniuses.. and 2nd..,these are grown men going to the doctor askin him for the medication.. hes not on a street corner pushing it to kids. HUGE difference. So basically u want the guy to do life in jail for failing to do a checkup.. cuz if he took the extra minute to do that there is no crime.. there wouldnt even be drug dealers or people killing pharmacists if they could just go to a doctor and get what they need. The fda has docs so scared these days even people with legit reason cant get their meds. Sorry to say the fda is chasing their tail with the so called war on drugs..
Frank May 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
how do you know no one died? Those pills that are sold on the street contribute to many deadly overdoses that go unreported.
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