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January 27, 2014

Ex-doctor faces pain pill-related charge

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A former physician from Youngstown has been accused of selling prescriptions for pain medication.

Daniel C. Gillick, 63, is charged with criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, a class "C" felony.

Gillick was arraigned before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas and was released on his own recognizance, the New York State Attorney General's office announced Monday.

Gillick is accused of writing prescriptions for Lortab for a hydrocodone-dependent Medicaid recipient who, in turn, returned half of the Lortab tablets to Gillick each time he filled a prescription between June and September 2010. According to the Attorney General's office, the recipient says he never received a medical examination or treatment from Gillick.

This past December, Gillick was sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation, after pleading guilty to a federal charge of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and healthcare fraud. As part of his plea, he surrendered his medical license, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In that case, in August-September 2011, Gillick was employed as an emergency room physician at Schuyler Hospital and wrote a prescription for Dilaudid, a controlled substance, for his then-girlfriend. Gillick performed an exam on the woman in the emergency room and fraudulently diagnosed her as suffering from trygeminal neuralgia, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The woman in that case, Christine Guilfoyle, was sentenced this past November to time served for her misdemeanor conviction for possessing cocaine base.

The state's case against Gillick is being pursued by the Buffalo Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. According to the attorney general, suspicious activity was detected by the state's Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP).