TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey doctor was indicted Thursday on charges that he sold prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers to people who had no medical need for them, including one man who died from an overdose.
Dr. Byung Kang, of Little Falls, was charged with one count of “strict liability” for the drug-induced death of 26-year-old Michael Justice, of Clifton. Justice’s mother had called Kang 18 months earlier threatening to call police if he didn’t stop prescribing her son oxycodone, according to a statement from Attorney General Christopher Porrino.
Kang’s attorney said he hadn’t yet reviewed the indictment that also charges Kang with money laundering, tax fraud and drug distribution. Kang’s wife and receptionist, Soo, also was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and tax-related counts.