Former Lehigh County psychiatrist convicted of running pill mill
By Sarah Cassi
September 26, 2014

Lehigh County Psychiatrist David Daley

Psychiatrist David Daley

A former Lehigh County psychiatrist faces jail time after a jury found he repeatedly improperly prescribed medications to patients, some of whom are accused of being part of a prescription drug ring.

Dr. David Daley’s trial began Sept. 16 in Lehigh County Court on charges of helping patients fraudulently obtain prescription drugs and multiple counts of prescribing controlled substances outside of accepted medical principles. Daley formerly practiced at 7729 Main St. in Upper Macungie Township.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday and came back Thursday evening with guilty verdicts on all charges.

The 59-year-old Daley was free on 10 percent of $30,000 bail, but Judge William Ford revoked that bail and Daley is currently in county jail, records say. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 17, 2009, records say.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Shawn Kofluk testified during the trial that troopers first became aware of Daley after investigating fake prescriptions in Schuklyll County. Troy L. Schoffler and Kristen Overkott, both of Aristes, Columbia County, and four people from Schuylkill County were also charged. Schoffler and Overkott are awaiting trial on criminal charges related to the drug ring.

Kofluk testified the investigation into suspicious prescriptions filled at a nearby pharmacy in Northumberland County pharmacy led troopers to Schoffler.

“He told me it was very easy to go to (Daley) to get prescriptions,” Kofluk said.

Schoffler, who is accused of creating prescriptions on a computer with the same paper Daley used at his practice, testified at Daley’s preliminary hearing and his trial.

Schoffler previously said he started seeing Daley in February 2009 because a 20-year relationship with his live-in girlfriend ended and that on the first visit he asked for Vicodin and Daley prescribed it without taking any vital signs or doing a medical exam.

On other visits through June 2009, Schoffler testified, he was able to get prescriptions for Adderall and Valium, again without any exams or discussions.

David Daley

Lehigh County Psychiatrist