A doctor in Clinton County illegally prescribed painkillers that resulted in the deaths of three patients, a federal grand jury has charged.
The grand jury indicted Michael L. Cummings, 61, of Albany, on 18 counts of intentionally prescribing oxydocone and other controlled substances without a medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice. He prescribed the pills to six people between May 2012 and March 2014.
The indictment charged that three people died as a result. They were identified only by the initials S.F, S.C. and P.G.
If convicted, Cummings could be sentenced to at last 20 years in prison and perhaps life, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr.