NJ 'Candy Man' Doctor Admits Prescribing Opioids Without Medical Purpose

Sean Adams
February 25, 2020 - 8:46 am
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OAKLAND, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A Bergen County doctor has admitted to his role in fueling the opioid epidemic, peddling pills for personal profit.

The Oakland doctor who called himself "Candy Man" pleaded guilty to allegations that he doctored medical records and prescribed addictive medications to patients at risk of abusing them.

Robert Delagente, 45, who also described himself as the "El Chapo of Opioids," said he would leave prescriptions at his office for when patients texted him requests for drugs.

According to court records, Delagente would allow patients to determine the type of drug and its strength.

His prescriptions also included sedatives such as alprazolam and clonazepam, commonly known as Xanax and Klonopin, and muscle relaxant and Delagente would prescribe drugs from all three also described as "the holy trinity" by a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

"Dr. Delagente sold his ethics, his medical license and his moral compass," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie.

Delagente was also charged with doctoring the records of patients who received medications and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine for each charge of distributing a controlled substance and $250,000 for falsifying medical records.

He is scheduled for sentencing on June 10.