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U.S. Files Civil Complaint Against Clinic for Illegal Distribution of Prescription Painkillers

MAY 23 (NEW YORK)

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division and Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, today announced the filing of a civil complaint seeking injunctive relief and penalties against Roger Kaplan and Choice Medical Services, P.C. ("Choice"), formerly known as Choice Spine Joint & Neurology, a clinic that was located in Rocky Point, New York. The complaint also seeks the forfeiture of 13 pieces of real property located in New York and Florida, approximately $400,000 held in bank accounts, as well as a Bentley and other vehicles. Each of the named assets is linked to Choice?s illegal distribution of highly addictive opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. The action, filed in federal court in Central Islip, has been assigned to United States District Judge Leonard D. Wexler. United States v. Roger Kaplan, et al., 16-CV-2601.

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