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Local physician faces prison time for phony prescriptions

August 6, 2019 08:05 pm Updated: August 7, 2019 01:42 pm


ALBANY – A physician with an office in Catskill pleaded guilty to multiple charges in federal court Monday after months of pilfering pills, authorities said Tuesday.

Myra Mabry, 50, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Catskill, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albany to conspiring to distribute controlled substances, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstruction of justice.

Mabry wrote prescriptions for opioids as part of a scheme with her girlfriend, a former heroin addict. Mabry issued 51 prescriptions for oxycodone between May 20, 2015 and Jan. 30, 2017.

The prescriptions were filled by pharmacies at the Price Chopper pharmacy in Catskill under the names of Mabry’s patients.

Mabry took part in the scheme with her girlfriend, whom Mabry convinced to lie to a federal grand jury as part of a cover-up so Mabry would not lose her medical license, according to court papers.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

This version of the story reflects a correction in the location of Mabry's office.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.


Reading between the lines this doctor was providing drugs to their mate who was coping with an addiction. That is far less heinous, an more questionable as a targeted prosecution, than the emergent care doctors and attendant outlets that can be traced to a far broader pattern of profligate distribution and abuse.