NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A Fairfield doctor has pleaded guilty for issuing unlawful prescriptions of oxycodone.
The U.S. Attorney for Connecticut says 56 year old Paul Bellofiore, M.D. of Trumbull to one count. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bellofiore knew that a former medical assistant of his had written forged prescriptions for opioid medications for a couple that had moved to Florida and he should’ve known there was a possibility the couple was abusing or diverting their medications. However, the couple returned to Connecticut several times a year at which time Bellofiore would provide them with approximately six months of predated prescriptions to last until their next appointment. If the couple could not get to Connecticut then the U.S. Attorney’s Office says Bellofiore would leave prescriptions for family for friends of the couple who would then fill the prescription in Connecticut and mail the medications to the couple in Florida. At one point Bellofiore left a stack of prescriptions with improper dates to make it appear they were being made monthly and he failed to place the couple’s Florida address on them which could have alerted a pharmacist that the drugs were being abused or diverted. The couple was discovered to be diverting a significant amount of the medications for profit through street level re-sale.
Bellofiore faces a maximum prison term of one year and a fine up to $100,000 when sentenced in January.