ALBANY - An obstetrician gynecologist from Catskill was sentenced Friday to 54 months in federal prison for distributing opioids, health fraud and other charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.
From 2015-2017, Myra Mabry, 50, wrote prescriptions for the opioids painkillers oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphone, made out to third parties for no legitimate medical reason, prosecutors said. She then had a co-conspirator, Sarah Brown, 42, of Akra in Greene County, impersonate those third parties to fill the prescriptions at pharmacies, knowing the patients’ health care benefit companies would pay for the drugs, prosecutors
Prosecutors said Mabry also instructed Brown, a former registered nurse, to testify falsely before a grand jury that Mabry was the victim of an extortion scheme, and agreed to pay Brown to do so.
Mabry ultimately pleaded guilty in August to unlawfully distributing opioids, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstruction of justice.
U.S. Attorney Grant Jacquith said Mabry betrayed her patients and her Hippocratic oath, and tried to avoid accountability for her actions by attempting to bribe someone else to take the fall for her crimes.
Mabry surrendered her medical license after the guilty plea. She was barred from prescribing controlled substances in October 2017. Mabry was also sentenced to three years of supervised release to follow her prison term. Brown pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to distribute controlled substances, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and obstruction of justice and her sentencing is scheduled for March 11.