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Doctor From Trumbull Admits To Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances

A 62-year-old Connecticut man has admitted to illegally distributing prescription medication.
A 62-year-old Connecticut man has admitted to illegally distributing prescription medication. Photo Credit: Pexels / Pixabay

A 62-year-old Fairfield County man has admitted to illegally distributing prescription medication.

David Ciancimino, of Trumbull, pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 24, to one count of distribution of a controlled substance without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice, according to Leonard Boyle, the United States attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Ciancimino also agreed to forfeit $175,773.45 as part of his plea, Boyle said.

Ciancimino was practicing psychiatry at an office on Corporate Drive in Shelton, according to the announcement.

In October 2020, authorities began investigating his prescribing practices of different benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, and stimulants, including Adderall, Boyle said.

Undercover officers paid Ciancimino $200 to receive prescriptions of Xanax, Adderall or their generic equivalents during visits to the office, Boyle reported.

The US Attorney's Office reported that there was little or no medical examination during the visits.

Ciancimino is released on a $500,000 bond pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled, the US Attorney's Office said. 

He has surrendered his medical license, Boyle said.

Boyle said the investigation was conducted by the DEA New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and HHS-OIG’s Office of Investigations.

Investigators were also assisted by The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection – Drug Control Division and The Middlebury Police Department.

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