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Newsday (New York)
MD Charged in Scam
By Shirley E. Perlman
February 20, 1992

A Hicksville psychiatrist yesterday was charged with five counts of criminal sale of a prescription and one count of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Arthur J. Gross, 65, was arrested Tuesday at his office at 372 S. Oyster Bay Rd. after a three-month investigation by Nassau police, the district attorney’s office and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Gross, who entered a plea of not guilty, was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Hempstead before First District Court Judge Leonard Clarke, who set bail at $ 20,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.

According to Det. Lt. Frank Carparelli of the Nassau narcotics bureau, the police investigation began in November and was prompted by complaints from patients who alleged that Gross was distributing drugs without examinations. Police said that Gross sold Valium to undercover police officers and charged $ 60 for each of five Valium prescriptions.

“This was a ‘just come in and get a prescription’ type thing,” said Carparelli.

A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, which investigates professional misconduct, said that the department had no record of any charges against Gross.