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Brooklyn doctor pleads guilty to illegally prescribing controlled substances in exchange for cash

May 18, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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On Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court, Dr. Kesler Dalmacy, a medical doctor, pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of controlled substances. 

Dalmacy, who operated his medical practice out of an office in East Flatbush, prescribed narcotics to patients outside the course of his professional practice that lacked a legitimate medical purpose in exchange for cash payments. 

As described in the criminal complaint and court filings, between January 2014 and February 2020, Dr. Dalmacy illegally prescribed to patients thousands of pills of highly addictive controlled substances, including Adderall and Vicodin, in exchange for cash payments. 

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Dr. Dalmacy wrote these prescriptions outside the course of his professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. To conceal the unauthorized prescriptions from law enforcement and oversight agencies, Dr. Dalmacy postdated prescriptions and provided multiple prescriptions to the same individual under different or fictitious names.

The proceeding was held before United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly. 

U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly, EDNY. Photo by Douglas Palmer

Mark J. Lesko, acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Ray Donovan, special agent in charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division; Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge, Homeland Security Investigations; and NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea announced the guilty plea. 

“The defendant, a medical doctor who swore an oath to do no harm, spread the scourge of addiction in our communities by writing bogus prescriptions for personal profit,” stated Acting United States Attorney Lesko. 

“Another day, another drug dealer disguised as a doctor. The defendant not only prescribed highly addictive controlled substances without a legitimate medical need, but also went out of his way to attempt to evade law enforcement. Today’s plea demonstrates that the defendant is taking responsibility for betraying the trust of his patients, his community, and his oath,” said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Donovan. 

The arrest of Dr. Dalmacy is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the DEA. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. 

This case is the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York as part of the Prescription Drug Initiative.

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