The Arrest of Dr. Nadem Sayegh Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — October 11, 2018 — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a United States federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and distribution within the United States, had its agents raided the home of Dr. Nadem Sayegh with guns drawn. Dr. Nadem Sayegh is a well respected endocrinologist. The DEA is the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), among other agencies. The DEA has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing US drug investigations both domestically and abroad.
Dr. Sayegh, 64, of Yonkers, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of distribution of controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of health care fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; and aggravated identity theft, which carries a two year mandatory minimum prison sentence to be served consecutive to any other term of imprisonment.
Dr. Nadem Sayegh has a medical practice at 75 South Broadway, in Yonkers, NY, and The Bronx, NY. He is affiliated with numerous hospitals, including St Joseph’s Medical Center, and St. John’s Riverside Hospital, both In Yonkers.
It seems there is a person who worked at the 75 South Broadway Urgent Center who allegedly stole prescriptions that were left unattended in those offices. This individual was a person of interest to the DEA. When DEA confronted this employee, he became an informant for the DEA. A few years ago, Dr. Nadem Sayegh was questioned over his prescribing pain medications to some of his patients and was exonerated of any wrongdoing. Since that time, the doctor is said to no longer prescribe pain medications.
Today’s raid of Dr. Nadem Sayegh’s home suggests the DEA gathered sufficient evidence to follow up on the informant’s allegations of misconduct, but conclusions of guilt cannot yet be drawn. Guilt will need to be proven in a court of law.
Present day protocol no longer permits prescription slips be given directly to a patient. Instead, prescriptions are digitally sent from the doctor’s office to a patient’s pharmacy of choice for pick-up of the medications prescribed.