Filipino doctor in Queens charged with illegal distribution of prescription narcotic pills
WOODSIDE, NY — A Filipino doctor in New York is among the doctors and other medical professionals charged with illegal distribution of the highly addictive prescription narcotic, oxycodone.
50-year-old Dante Cubangbang and his nurse practitioner were arrested and charged for prescribing millions of oxycodone pills to “patients” they knew did not need the drugs for any legitimate medical reason.
Cubangbang was a state licensed physician specializing in pain medicine and rehab, who was authorized to prescribe controlled substances in the state of New York at a Woodside, Queens clinic.
Court document shows that Cubangbang and nurse practitioner John Gargan wrote thousands of prescriptions for more than 6 million oxycodone pills since 2012.
After getting the oxycodone from pharmacies, the purported patients sold the pills to drug dealers who in turn resold the pills on the street – according to court records.
Cubangbang and his group also defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.
3.4 million of the pills prescribed by Cubangbang and Gargan were allegedly paid for by taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.
The borough of Queens is home to more than 40,000 Filipinos, most of them living in this Woodside neighborhood, just a few blocks from Cubangbang’s clinic.
Court records also showed that Cubangbang charged $300 per “doctor’s visit.”
From the period between January 2015 and May 2018 – the clinic made $5.7 millions of dollars in patient fees alone.
Meanwhile, a single 30 day prescription for 180-milligram pills of oxycodone could net a street dealer at least $5,400 dollars in cash.
If found guilty to illegally distributing oxycodone, health care fraud and money laundering – Cubangbang faces 20 to 50 years in prison.
He is out on a $1 million dollar bail after pleading not guilty at a brief hearing Thursday.