Doctor who sold Rx over internet sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Rochester doctor who illegally sold prescription painkillers was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail.

Dr. John Maye was prosecuted in Buffalo by U.S. Attorney William Hochul, who says over a two-year period, the 59-year-old authorized nearly 10,000 prescriptions over the internet without ever seeing an estimated 12,000 patients.

Dr. Maye provided prescriptions for drugs like Hydrocodone, Xanax, Loritab, Vicodin, Valium, and Ambien and earned more than $1 million in ill-begotten profits.

He was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison after being convicted in a jury trial of unlawful distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance.

In the past few years, federal prosecutors have indicted Dr. Pravin Mehta of Niagara Falls, Dr. Matthew Bennett of North Tonawanda, and Dr. Daniel Gillick on similar charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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