Doctor pleads guilty in scheme to sell prescription drugs

A New Jersey doctor has pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for people he had never met in a scheme to sell the drugs on the street.

Atlantic County prosecutors say 50-year-old Alan Faustino and others recruited addicts to help them fill prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone and Xanax. They then resold the pills at a higher price.

Faustino, an Absecon resident, was arrested in 2015. He pleaded guilty last week to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Six others have also pleaded guilty to roles in the scheme.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 15. Faustino faces up to 10 years in prison.