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New York Ex-Jail Doctor Charged With Selling Prescription Painkillers

The former clinical director of the jail in Nassau County, New York was charged in December 2010 with selling oxycodone, oxycontin and roxycodone without performing patient evaluations or exams.

Martin Roginsky, 82, was charged with ten felony counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance after he was caught selling $261,000 worth of painkillers to an undercover cop from Rockville Centre, New York. The drugs had an estimated street value of $10 million to $15 million, according to authorities.

Roginsky was responsible for medical care at the Nassau County Jail from 1999-2001. He was fired in 2001 after state and federal investigators questioned the quality of care being provided to prisoners at the jail. One prisoner died as a result of poor medical treatment during Roginsky’s tenure.

He also served as a staff physician at the Suffolk County Jail, and resigned in lieu of being terminated. He had been writing prescriptions for “staff of the Jail, including corrections officers, nurses, physician assistants and even the warden.” Roginsky later filed suit, claiming age discrimination. See: Roginsky v. County of Suffolk, U.S.D.C. (E.D. NY), Case No. 2:09-cv-01160-DRH-ARL.

The charges against Roginsky remain pending and he faces up to five-and-a-half years in prison if convicted. His license to practice medicine is still active.


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Related legal case

Roginsky v. County of Suffolk