Saratoga County

Feds: Clifton Park doctor admits illegal prescriptions, pill kickbacks; Faces prison

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ALBANY – A doctor who practiced in Clifton Park admitted Thursday he illegally prescribed controlled substances, U.S. Attorney’s officials said.

Scott McMahon, 52, of Queensbury, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, as well as to misusing personal information to get controlled substances, officials said.

He faces prison, a civil penalty and is now required to surrender his medical license, officials said.

McMahon admitted he provided certain patients with prescriptions for controlled substance methylphenidate, the generic of Ritalin, intending they kickback a portion to him for his personal use, officials said. He did so at least from December 2018 through August 2019.

As part of the scheme, McMahon obtained the names and birth dates of the children of a patient and then wrote out the prescriptions in their names. The patient then picked up the prescriptions and split the pills with McMahon, officials said.

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McMahon faces at least two years in prison on the identity theft conviction and a total maximum sentence of 20 years on the drug conviction, officials said. He is to be sentenced in January.

McMahon also agreed to pay more than $43,000 to settle civil penalty claims from improperly prescribing ketamine and failure to keep proper records of the treatment.

In that part of the case, McMahon admitted he improperly prescribed ketamine intranasal spray to an individual with no legitimate medical need and that he failed to record the treatments.

The case was investigated by the DEA Albany District Office’s Tactical Diversion Squad and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

The state police, state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the DEA Resident Office in Burlington, Vt., also assisted.

 

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