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York County doctor paying $300K in settlement over opioid prescriptions

A primary care doctor in York County has agreed to a $300,000 settlement to resolve his role in pre-signing nearly 150 prescriptions for oxycodone that were later filled by his former office manager and her husband.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Dr. Walter Krajewskiwill pay the money over five years to settle allegations that he violated civil provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

According to investigators, he repeatedly pre-signed blank prescriptions from January 2014 to May 2015 and provided them to office manager Amy Schneider. 

Schneider and her husband, Joseph, who were prosecuted last year, filled the prescriptions for more than 24,000 tablets of oxycodone. Those tablets were then divided by the couple and some were distributed to others, investigators said.

The Schneiders were charged with conspiracy and distribution in December. Amy Schneider also was charged with illegally using a drug enforcement registration to obtain a controlled substance. Her husband was charged with acquiring a prescription by fraud or forgery.

Both pleaded guilty in January and were sentenced in June. Amy Schneider received 30 months in prison, while her husband was sentenced to 46 months.

The doctor, who specializes in family medicine, does not face any additional action, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

He has changed his office protocol to prohibit any future pre-signing of prescriptions for controlled substances. He also entered into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration to comply with heightened requirements for logging and reporting his prescriptions of controlled substances.

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