ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — An anesthesiologist and pain management doctor, who also runs a medical marijuana practice in the Southtowns, has admitted to identity theft and possession of unlawful hydromorphone HCL, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors say 54-year-old Dr. Paul Biddle, of Amherst, fraudulently used the names of dozens of patients, both dead and alive, to obtain controlled substances between February 9, 2015 and October 16, 2017.
According to prosecutors, Biddle wrote prescriptions using the names and birth dates of deceased patients. Those prescriptions were filled by a pharmacy in Florida and shipped directly to his home or office.
Biddle faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in May.