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Rochester P.A. admits to giving illegal oxycodone prescriptions

A Lima physician's assistant pleaded guilty to giving out oxycodone to two patients at different points over the last three years (MGN graphic)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Lima physician assistant pleaded guilty to giving out oxycodone to two patients at different points over the last three years.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Leathersich, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of dispensing a controlled substance outside the scope of professional practice.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.

According to attorneys, Leathersich worked from October 2013 to March 2016 as a registered P.A. at New Genesis Center for Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic Medicine on Monroe Avenue.

Leathersich was licensed under New York State law and had DEA authorization to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances.

He obtained his license in 1995, but began practicing cosmetic medicine in 2004 and began practicing bariatric medicine in 2010.

Between October 2013 and December 2015, Leathersich gave one patient 16 prescriptions for oxycodone with no legitimate medical purpose.

Between July 2015 and March 2016, Leathersich did the same for a second patient, issuing nine prescriptions for oxycodone with no legitimate medical purpose.

Oxycodone has a high potential for abuse that can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Last month, Leathersich signed a Voluntary Surrender of Controlled Substances Privileges form and is no longer authorized to prescribe controlled substances.

"By abusing his medical licensing privilege, this defendant became nothing less than a drug dealer in a medical lab coat," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul. "Given the extreme number of fatalities associated with heroin and opioid overdoses in our area, the public should be assured that we will continue to pursue and prosecute all who would engage in the illegal distribution of these substances, regardless of title or position."

Leathersich is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22.

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