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June 16, 2016

Cops: Doctor, receptionist ran South Jersey oxycodone pill mill

Physician, employee charged with wrongfully distributing addictive opioid painkiller Oxycodone

A South Jersey physician and his receptionist are facing charges for allegedly illegally distributing the opioid painkiller Oxycodone.

Dr. William R. Wolfe, who operated a neurological practice located on Cooper Road in Voorhees Township, was arrested for allegedly overprescribing the addictive pain medication and other controlled dangerous substances.

Wolfe, 52 of Marlton, was charged with two counts of distribution and was released on his own recognizance.

The doctor has surrendered his medical license. He also surrendered his Controlled Dangerous Substance and Drug Enforcement Administration registrations.

Wolfe’s receptionist, Lisa McIlhenny of Clifton Heights, Delaware County, also was arrested.

She is charged with allegedly writing prescriptions for Oxycodone, theft of prescription documents and practicing medicine without a  license. She also was released on her own recognizance.

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The state alleges Wolfe gave blank, signed prescription slips to his employee who then sold them, handed them out, and in one instance used them to pay for car repairs.

The investigation began a year ago in connection with charges related to a Gloucester County drug-induced death.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed for the doctor's office.

The search led to the seizure of documents and the arrests, investigators said.