NY Psych Clifford Jacobson

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Democrat and Chronicle
Often-disciplined Brighton psychiatrist pleads guilty to drug charge
By Patti Singer
September 19, 2017

Clifford Jacobson

Psychiatrist Clifford Jacobson

A psychiatrist who practiced in Brighton and had been ordered to surrender his medical license in March faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for illegally distributing a controlled substance.

Dr. Clifford Jacobson, 67, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Rochester, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of New York.

According to the prosecution, Jacobson from 2014 to 2017 sold prescriptions for Schedule IV controlled substances to undercover agents and patients who had no medical necessity for the drug. Jacobson charged $120 for each illegal prescription.

Jacobson had been disciplined three times by the state Department of Health. The first time was in 2002, when his license was suspended for five years but he was given probation after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud. In 2013, his license was suspended for 36 months, again stayed with probation after he did not contest the charge of negligence on more than one occasion. At that time, he was barred from prescribing certain controlled medication.

In 2017, Jacobson did not contest the charge of having practiced with negligence on more than one occasion. His prescribing privileges were restricted and monitored prior to the surrender of his license.

The plea is the result of an investigation by special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Jan. 23, 2018.

NY Psych Clifford Jacobson