The suspect is a 77-year-old resident of Little Falls, New Jersey. According to prosecutors, he prescribed painkillers to the victim and those painkillers ultimately led to the victim overdosing and tragically dying.
The victim died in 2014. When law enforcement found him, he was reportedly lying next to an empty bottle previously filled with prescription opioids.
It has been alleged that the suspect refused to stop prescribing the deadly medication to the victim even after the victim s mom asked him to stop.
Sometime after the victim died, detectives with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) went undercover and reportedly bought painkillers from the suspect. According to authorities, the suspect gave the undercover cops the medication in exchange for cash payments of $200.
In March 2017, a grand jury indicted the suspect on strict liability homicide charges and prescription drug distribution charges.
The suspect s wife, who worked as a receptionist at the Little Falls doctor s office, was also charged in connection with the victim s overdose death. She recently pleaded not guilty to criminal charges for conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “N.J. Doctor and Wife Enter Pleas in Opioid Death Case: Report.”