NJ psychiatrist admits to illegal oxycodone sales

September 14, 2012 6:30:15 PM PDT
Federal officials say an 85-year-old psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to illegally selling oxycodone out of her northern New Jersey office.

New Jersey's U.S. attorney says Dr. Priscilla Ilem pleaded guilty Friday to distributing oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose.

Prosecutors say Ilem wrote nearly 300 prescriptions for oxycodone in June and July 2011 from an office located inside her Wayne residence.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says Ilem wrote prescriptions for undercover law enforcement officers posing as patients on several occasions in July 2011 in exchange for money and without a physical examination.

Ilem has agreed to forfeit $500,000 as part of her guilty plea, which she entered Friday in federal court in Camden.

She could face up to 20 years in prison and $1 million fine at her December sentencing.


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