Twisted Tale: MD Charged In Medicaid Drug Fraud Scheme Once Helped Drug Users

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , August 26, 2010

In the profile of her in 1998, Williamson was quoted as being passionate about her work with drug users who had AIDs.  She talked about her techniques in helping patients, and the article noted, "her approach works; less than a year into her tenure, many clients are drug-free."

The recent Department of Justice statement alleged that Williamson's world was anything but drug-free.

Williamson allegedly wrote oxycodone prescriptions to patients who had no legitimate need for the medication, while a co-defendant recruited people to obtain prescriptions from her, between September 2009 and August 2010. The other co-defendants worked as resellers, providing the prescriptions to third parties, according to prosecutors.

In one instance, Williamson was in her Manhattan office, and asked for a blood sample  from a patient, who unbeknownst to her was an undercover agent. The agent indicated a fear of needles. So, according to prosecutors, Williamson drew blood from another person, put the undercover agent's name on it, and then wrote a prescription for 120 Oxycontin 80 mg pills, according to U.S. attorney's complaint. Williamson was paid $1,500. Each pill was valued at between $30 and $40 on the street.

The arrest of Williamson has spurred debate in New York.  A woman whose brother was a patient of Williamson, told the New York Daily News: "Who knew stuff like this happened? She's an upstanding lady! An upstanding lady who peddles drugs! Whew, what a scene!"

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1 comments on "Twisted Tale: MD Charged In Medicaid Drug Fraud Scheme Once Helped Drug Users"

Jamila Ali (8/22/2012 at 8:52 PM)
I knew Dr Diana Williamson she is and was a kind and caring physcian. I worked with her back in the mid ninties and she was an outstanding physcian who cared for HIV/AIDS patients and poor minority patients. Her charecter and personality was not the type that this article suggest of a drug dealer. If Dr Williamson is guilty it could only be that she guilty was trying to help someone. She probably was set up and it is most unforunate to lose such a leading figure in our community.




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