Dr. John Manzella charged with unlawfully prescribing Oxycodone
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 04:39:27 PM CDT
Dr. John Manzella of Allentown was charged Tuesday with conspiring to unlawfully prescribe more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills for resale.
The 49-year-old Manzella resides at 1921 Lehigh Parkway North.
His arrested was announced by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
Kane noted that Robert Kosch, a co-defendant in the case, has already been charged and is awaiting extradition from New Jersey.
Investigators report Manzella conspired with Kosch to fill Oxycodone prescriptions in fictitious names. Text messages allegedly show warnings sent from Kosch to Manzella about a pharmacy that would be calling to verify a prescription.
Prescriptions for Oxycodone from Manzella were filled in at least eight Pennsylvania counties including Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Schuylkill, according to investigators.
Agents believe that more than 10,000 pills with an estimated street value of $300,000 were dispensed due to Manzella’s alleged misrepresentation and fraud.
Manzella is charged with 48 counts of unlawfully administering/prescribing a controlled substance, 48 counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of identity theft.
Manzella was preliminarily arraigned before Jim Thorpe Magisterial District Judge Edward Lewis and released on $500,000 unsecured bail.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and relinquished his DEA license to write scheduled drugs.
Kane thanked New Jersey's Sussex County Prosecutors Office for its assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Carbon County by Deputy Attorney General Robert Rosner of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section.
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