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Lewek has NYS medical license revoked

Dr. William Lewek is now prohibited from practicing medicine in New York. (Photo: NYSDOCCS)

Rochester, N.Y. - The New York State Board for Professional Misconduct revoked the medical license of a man convicted of covering up another man's fatal drug overdose.

Dr. William Lewek is now prohibited from practicing medicine in New York.

Lewek was sentenced in May 2015 for tampering with evidence in the death of Matthew Straton. He was denied parole in April.

In January 2014, Straton's body was found buried in Lewek's backyard on Rowley Street in Rochester. It was later found that Straton had died, likely but not conclusively, of a drug overdose in Lewek's home in October 2013.

Lewek was not charged in Straton's death, but is serving a prison sentence of up to four years in state prison on a tampering with evidence charge.

The City of Rochester filed a lawsuit last year, calling Lewek's property a nuisance, and claiming undercover officers were able to buy drugs there on three different occasions.

Lewek temporarily surrendered his medical license on May 14, 2014, and has not practiced medicine in New York since that date, according to the New York State Department of Health.

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