Clarence doctor sentenced for writing illegal prescriptions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After pleading guilty to writing illegal prescriptions in exchange for personal favors, paper products, and a gas grill, a doctor in Clarence is heading to jail.

Matthew Bennett, 49, was sentenced to 36 months behind bars on Monday for the crimes he pleaded guilty to earlier this year. Prosecutors say he gave drugs to undercover officers without a proper medical exam. He reportedly wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone.

Federal officials accused Bennett of conducting his illegal business mostly at his office in North Tonawanda, which was raided in the course of the investigation.

During Bennett’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, “This particular defendant was willing to barter people’s lives.”

As part of his guilty plea, Matthew Bennett surrendered his medical license and his DEA registration to sell narcotics.

Bennett’s jail time will be spent in federal prison. 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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