Tonawanda News — The authorities said they obtained more evidence against the doctor when he provided another round of prescription drugs, but only after two undercover officers delivered a gas grill to his Clarence home.
“I think you can see that Dr. Bennett used his prescription pad much like a checkbook,” Dale Kasprzyk, of the DEA, said at the time.
Bennett, who is Iranian born and educated in the Caribbean, operated out of the Wellness Park at 624 River Road. He had been practicing medicine in the United States for the past 10 years, while he had been located at the Lumber City office since 2012.
Bennett was released on bond after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Friday, where he was charged with the unlawful distribution of controlled substance, which if convicted could land him a 20-year prison term, a $1 million fine or both. A trial has yet to be scheduled.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has since converted Bennett’s former office into a satellite clinic and has offered to take over caring for his patients. It opened in September.