OMIG Assists in Investigation that Leads to Arrests of NYC Psychiatrist, Medical Assistant for Allegedly Selling Prescription Drugs for Cash
A Manhattan psychiatrist and a medical assistant were arrested Nov. 23 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for allegedly selling prescriptions for addictive controlled substances with no legitimate medical purpose.
Psychiatrist Dr. Leon Valbrun and medical assistant Po Yu Yen were arrested following the joint investigation and charged in Manhattan Criminal Court with multiple counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance.
According to New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Valbrun and Yen sold illegal prescriptions for Xanax and Adderall to undercover New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers in exchange for cash on multiple occasions from January 2020 through September 2020. The investigation began in the summer of 2019 following a complaint made to the NYPD about drug-seeking activity in front of Valbrun’s 37 East 28th Street medical clinic. Investigators discovered online reviews about Valbrun that referenced overdoses and the availability of Xanax and Adderall for purchase.
“This investigation revealed a blatant disregard of both the health care professionals’ oath to ‘do no harm’ as well as the rule of law,” Acting Medicaid Inspector General Erin E. Ives said. “My office will continue to work with the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and our other law enforcement and government partners to hold fully accountable those who jeopardize the health and safety of the most vulnerable New Yorkers by attempting to defraud the Medicaid program for personal gain.”