A Long Island dentist was busted for allegedly trading painkillers for sex in a years-long scheme that preyed on drug-addicted women, federal authorities said Thursday.
Barry Arnold, 70, who drilled teeth in Valley Stream, is accused of writing bogus prescriptions for Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax in exchange for “sex acts” at his home and office between October 2016 and August 2020, according to multiple federal agencies.
In total, he allegedly forked over at least 28 illegal prescriptions for the highly addictive drugs to six women — none of whom were his patients, according to an indictment filed in federal court Tuesday.
The alleged drug-dealing dentist was arrested Wednesday and now faces up to 20 years in prison, authorities said.
“Dr. Arnold took advantage of vulnerable, addicted women for his own benefit. He is ethically and legally responsible for every prescription, but he broke his oath with his alleged misconduct, and he is really no different than a street dealer,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge, Peter Fitzhugh, said in a statement.
Jacquelyn Kasulis, acting US Attorney for the district, said Arnold helped fuel the opioid crisis that has devastated parts of the Empire State.
“Dr. Arnold abused his position as a dentist and preyed upon vulnerable, drug-addicted women,” she said. “We are committed to vigorous prosecution of medical professionals who abdicate their Hippocratic Oath and contribute to the rise of drug abuse and addiction in our communities.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Suffolk and the Suffolk County Police Department also worked on the case, according to a press release from the agencies.
Arnold was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment Thursday evening.
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