New Jersey doctor charged for allegedly writing illegal prescriptions for oxycodone

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NEWARK, New Jersey — A New Jersey doctor is facing charges for allegedly writing illegal prescriptions for oxycodone.

The U.S. attorney's office says 60-year-old Paul DiLorenzo of Ocean Township allegedly participated in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication to people with no legitimate medical purpose.

Attorney Robert DeGroot says DiLorenzo is innocent of the charges and is unfairly being blamed for the illegal actions of a former employee, who was previously charged.

DiLorenzo was charged Thursday with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and launder money, structuring financial transactions and failing to collect and pay payroll taxes.

Prosecutors say between 2009 and 2012 DiLorenzo and three staffers allegedly issued prescriptions to people with no medical need for them. Authorities say he deposited $1,090,939 in cash into various accounts, allegedly in increments to evade reportable limits.

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