Clifton Park

Doctor sentenced to 38 months for unlawful drug distribution

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Clifton Park – A doctor who practiced in Clifton Park has been sentenced to 38 months in federal prison for distributing illegally prescribed controlled substances and must give up his medical license, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albany said.

Scott McMahon, 52, was sentenced Friday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy after having earlier 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.

McAvoy also ordered McMahon to forfeit $6,774, and serve three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison. McMahon, who has been in custody since last September, also agreed to surrender his medical license and license to distribute controlled substances.

McMahon’s medical practice specialized in psychiatry and addiction treatment, authorities said.

In pleading guilty last September, McMahon admitted he provided certain patients with prescriptions for controlled substance methylphenidate, the generic of Ritalin, intending they kick back a portion to him for his personal use. The incidents occurred between at least December 2018 and August 2019, when he was arrested after an investigation.

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.

McMahon also agreed to pay $43,225 to settle civil penalty claims from improperly prescribing ketamine and failure to keep proper records of the treatment.

In the civil 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. He also made no initial inventory of his ketamine before he began dispersing it.

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.

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