TRENTON, NJ – A Paterson based doctor of family medicine has been charged with selling prescriptions for highly addictive prescription painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced Wednesday.

According to a statement issued the same day that Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh convened a press conference at Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center to announce the receipt of a $600,000 federal grant to combat the opioid epidemic, Dr. Mahesh Mehta, 65, was indicted Monday on a  charge of second-degree unlawful dispensing of controlled dangerous substances. 

Mehta allegedly sold prescriptions for Percocet, a Schedule II opioid pain medication, the statement read, leaving the medical professional with the possibility of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

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