ALBANY - A Clifton Park-based doctor has been arrested, accused of illegally prescribing medication and then taking kickbacks in the form of pills, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
He is accused of prescribing Ritalin to individuals who were not his patients and then taking Ritalin pills in return, prosecutors said.
He would pick up the pills off the co-conspirator's porch or meet them in person, prosecutors said. Prosecutors also offered multiple text message exchanges in the federal complaint to back up the charges.
The doctor, Scott McMahon, 50, of Clifton Park, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of distributing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate purpose, officials said.
He was arraigned and ordered held until a hearing set for Wednesday. If convicted, he could face a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.
McMahon is a psychiatrist who also previously worked at locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs. He also often traveled to Vermont, though he is licensed to practice only in New York, according to a federal complaint filed in the case.
There was no answer Tuesday afternoon at a number listed for McMahon.
Among those McMahon is accused of illegally prescribing the drugs to were three young children of one of his patients and the boyfriend of another, according to the complaint. He is accused of illegally prescribing the medication between December and April.
The complaint included text conversations with three different individuals identified as co-conspirators, though not identified by name. Two of the individuals are listed as from Vermont, the third from Saratoga County.
The Saratoga County co-conspirator is the one where McMahon is accused of illegally prescribing to her boyfriend and then picking up off her porch.
In one text exchange dated April 20, McMahon allegedly discusses with the Saratoga County co-conspirator a Ritalin prescription for the boyfriend.
"On a bit of a time crunch here," the co-conspirator writes at one point/
"Sending now," McMahon allegedly responds. "Save me some."
"Of course sir!" the co-conspirator writes back.
McMahon then writes that he sent in a Ritalin prescription.
"Will be driving up to Lake George around 3 o'clock so if I could meet you somewhere that be great," McMahon then allegedly writes.
The two then allegedly agree to meet at a gas station near Exit 15, according to the text exchange.
In another alleged exchange between McMahon and a Vermont-based alleged co-conspirator Feb. 2, that co-conspirator allegedly hadn't come through with McMahon's kickback, according to the exchange included in the complaint.
McMahon allegedly pressed the co-conspirator to whom McMahon had prescribed Ritalin to come through with the pills.
"Keep your promises," McMahon allegedly wrote the co-conspirator. "Don't tell me to send in a script that you will split with me and then screw me That is just crap"
The case is being investigated by the DEA Albany District Office's Tactical Diversion Squad and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force.