Cardiologist sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally distributing thousands of oxycodone tablets | USAO-NJ

TRENTON, NJ – A New Jersey cardiologist was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for illegally prescribing thousands of oxycodone pills, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Raymond Catania, 60, of Warren, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to a report accusing him of dispensing oxycodone outside of the usual course of practice work and not for legitimate medical purposes. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in federal court in Trenton.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Catania was a New Jersey physician specializing in cardiology and practicing in Watchung, New Jersey. From January 2016 to March 2017, Catania issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to one of its patients, and Catania did so without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Catania also issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to this patient’s wife, even though the wife was not Catania’s patient. Oxycodone – a Schedule II controlled substance – has a high potential for abuse that can lead to severe psychological and physical dependence and lead to fatal overdoses. Catania prescribed over 8,600 tablets of Oxycodone 30mg.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Shipp fined Catania $25,000 and sentenced him to three years of probation.

US Attorney Sellinger credited FBI Special Agents, under Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation that led to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Leslie F. Schwartz, Senior Counsel, Special Prosecutions Division, Newark.

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