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Five Manhattan Doctors Indicted For Accepting Bribes And Kickbacks From A Pharmaceutical Company In Exchange For Prescribing Powerful Fentanyl Narcotic

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced the unsealing today of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging five Manhattan doctors, GORDON FREEDMAN, JEFFREY GOLDSTEIN, TODD SCHLIFSTEIN, DIALECTI VOUDOURIS, and ALEXANDRU BURDUCEA, with participating in a scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks in the form of fees for sham educational programs ("Speaker Programs") from a pharmaceutical company ("Pharma Company-1") in exchange for prescribing millions of dollars' worth of a potent fentanyl-based spray manufactured by Pharma Company-1 (the "Fentanyl Spray"), among other offenses. FREEDMAN, GOLDSTEIN, SCHLIFSTEIN, VOUDOURIS, and BURDUCEA were arrested this morning. All are expected to be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan this afternoon.


Action Details

  • Date:March 16, 2018
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions