Skip to main content
Press Release

Rochester Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegally Distributing Controlled Substances

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dr. Clifford Jacobson, M.D., 67, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to illegally distributing a controlled substance, before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Dr. Jacobson was a practicing psychiatrist. From 2014 to 2017, he sold prescriptions for Schedule IV controlled substances, including clonazepam (commonly known by its brand name Xanax), to undercover agents and patients who had no medical necessity for the drug but who sought to use it recreationally. The defendant charged his patients $120 for each illegal prescription.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, acting under the direction of James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, acting under the direction of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

Updated September 20, 2017