A celebrity dermatologist has a huge criminal record as she was caught on Wednesday for allegedly writing out fake drug prescriptions that she picked up for herself.
Dr. Cheryl Karcher will be charged for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of prescription drugs.
According to the law enforcement sources, the Upper East Side doctor was caught for filling prescriptions in the names of current and former patients without their knowledge.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Linehan said, “She essentially traded her own prescription forms for Percocets”.
Karcher who’d been the “consulting dermatologist to the Miss Universe organization was shocked during her arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court where Linehan laid out the case against her.
The prosecutor told a judge, “Over the last several years Dr. Karcher abused her position as a physician to possess hundreds if not thousands of pain killers under false pretenses”. She added, “She abused the patient-doctor relationship by using patient information to create fraudulent prescriptions for Percocet, amphetamines and other drugs, and filling these prescriptions on her own”.
A joint investigation on the case was done by the city Office of the Special Narcotics and federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
The court papers showed that she filled a minimum 15 prescriptions at 3 different pharmacies in Manhattan, in which one on the Upper East Side is also included.
Linehan said, “She deceived a mom and pop pharmacy in Manhattan, consistently telling the owner and pharmacist that she was filling prescriptions for pain killers for her patients and delivering them”.
According to a law-enforcement source, investigators believe that she was using at least some of the pills herself but the case is still under investigation.
She was also charged with writing out prescriptions to an unidentified third party on numerous occasions.
Karcher, who had never been taken into custody before was released on her own recognizance. Her next court hearing will be on 19th of August.
Charles Clayman, her attorney, said about his client “a very well-known, very well-respected, very dedicated doctor, very much beloved by a lot of her patients”. He added, “We understand the seriousness of this matter — she certainly does — but we’re prepared to defend it vigorously”.
Karcher worked at Sadick Dermatology on Park Avenue, where investigators executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning. After a few hours later, her name, bio and links to various media appearances were deleted from the office’s website.