Doctor accused of running prescription pill mill
A Manhattan doctor who lives in Scarsdale has been arrested, accused of running a multimillion-dollar prescription pill mill.
Dr. Rogelio Lucas, 77, and his 79-year-old wife were arraigned in a New York City courtroom Tuesday morning.
They were charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, and 37 counts of selling prescriptions for a controlled substance.
Officials say the couple operated the alleged scheme for more than six years, with Lucas writing more than 26,000 prescriptions for oxycodone pills. The 3.1 million pills have a street value of more than $77 million.
Contractors working next door tell News 12 that six unmarked police cars quietly pulled up to the Scarsdale home and left with large trash bags, believed to be filled with more than $600,000 worth of cash.
A review of the suspect's prescription history reveals that he wrote about 45 to 50 prescriptions per day.