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Brick Physician Assistant Charged With Selling Drug Prescriptions

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Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

A physician assistant from Brick was arrested and charged with selling prescriptions for opiates and other drugs, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Saturday.

Frank Campione, 45, is charged with one count each of third degree unlawful practice of medicine, second degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and third degree conspiracy to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.

Campione was released from custody after posting $150,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

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Campione’s arrest, prosecutors said in a statement, comes as the result of a four-month investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation revealed that between Jan. 2015 and Jan. 2016, Campione, a licensed physician assistant with a home office in Brick, met with individuals in public places and sold them prescriptions for opiates and other drugs, including oxycodone and Xanax.

If convicted of the second degree offense, Campione faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison. If convicted of either of the third degree charges, he faces a sentence of up to five years in prison for each count.

Campione is being represented by attorney Frederick P. Sisto, of Brick.