Surgeon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone
ALBANY, NEW YORK – JEFFREY GUNDEL, age 50, of Gansevoort, New York, pled guilty in Albany yesterday before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino to one count of unlawful distribution of oxycodone, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, Drug Enforcement Administration.
As part of his guilty plea, GUNDEL admitted that, between May 2011 and April 2014, he distributed at least 248 prescriptions for 240 30-milligram oxycodone tablets outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. GUNDEL also admitted that he received cash kickbacks in exchange for the prescriptions. Sentencing is scheduled for April 2, 2014 in Albany, New York. GUNDEL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a $1,000,000 fine, and a term of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne A. Myers.