Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City doctor who wrote illegal prescriptions for an oxycodone distribution ring has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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Hassan Lahham also will have to serve three years of supervised release once he's freed from prison. The sentence was imposed Monday in U.S. District Court in Trenton.

Lahham had pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to distribute the drug.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old doctor had been issuing prescriptions for the painkiller to co-conspirators in exchange for cash since January 2009. The orders were filled at New Jersey pharmacies in Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic counties and redistributed to others.

 

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