Radiologist admits writing illegal Rxs for pills

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 14:19:02-05

An Amherst doctor now admits he wrote illegal prescriptions for controlled substance, like Oxycodone, Percocet and Hydrocodone.

Dr. Albert Cowie, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to obtaining controlled substance by fraud and health care fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in May.

Between January 2010 and March 2014, Cowie, a radiologist, wrote prescriptions for three people who then filled them at local pharmacies. Those who filled the prescriptions allegedly then provided Cowie with some of the pills for his use.

Cowie also spent $200 a day to support the heroin habit of a prostitute whom he met at a strip club and developed a relationship with, according to prosecutors. He allegedly injected her with heroin on one occasionand also wrote the prostitute prescriptions for Xanax and Percocet.

Prosecutors say Cowie also advised a witness to lie to insurance investigators about the prescription fraud.




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