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Doctor accused of providing steroids

  |   Feb. 11, 2009 at 1:07 PM
NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A New York doctor violated the law and his medical code by providing illegal steroid prescriptions to hundreds of men, prosecutors allege.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said this week that osteopath Dr. Richard Lucente allegedly provided so many individuals with steroids he dubbed the building he worked out of the "Fountain of Youth," the New York Post said Wednesday.

"Dr. Richard Lucente violated his oath as a physician," Hynes alleged Tuesday. "In a very short period of time, Dr. Lucente gained a reputation as someone who would sell prescriptions for these controlled substances."

Sources have alleged some of Lucente's steroid clients included members of the New York Police Department.

Lucente, 37, has been charged with writing illegal prescriptions, reckless endangerment and conspiracy. He is currently free on $20,000 bail while awaiting his next court date.

The Post said none of the patients tied to Lucente, who prosecutors suspect made more than $500,000 from his alleged steroid sales, will face charges in relation to the case.

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