Shelton doctor arrested for fraudulent prescriptions of Xanax, Adderall, feds say

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SHELTON — A Shelton doctor was arrested Friday after allegedly illegally distributing prescription medication, according to Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Leonard Boyle.

Law enforcement have been investigating Trumbull resident Dr. David Ciancimino, 62, since October 2020. Ciancimino practiced psychiatry and neurology from an office on Corporate Drive in Shelton.

Through the use of undercover federal officers, authorities learned Ciancimino was prescribing benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, and stimulants, such as Adderall, to numerous individuals in exchange for $200 in cash, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

These prescriptions typically involved “little to no medical examination of his patients,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Officials said many of Ciancimino’s patients used Medicaid to pay for their prescriptions.

From July 2020 to September 2021, Ciancimino allegedly deposited $356,000 in cash to his bank account. The doctor also received dozens of $200 payments through his Venmo account, a mobile payment service owned by PayPal, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Ciancimino was charged with making false statements relating to health care matters, health care fraud and distribution of controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purpose.

He was later released Friday on a $500,000 bond, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Both Xanax and Adderall are highly addictive prescription medications. In 2020, 306 people died from benzodiazepine overdoses in Connecticut, according to data from the Department of Public Health.

Those struggling with substance abuse issues can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration national hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for a free and confidential treatment referral or for more information.