Baldwin doctor accused in deaths of 2 patients who overdosed

CENTRAL ISLIP - A Baldwin doctor already accused of selling painkiller prescriptions is now charged with causing the fatal overdoses of two patients. Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment today charging former Baldwin physician William Conway in the oxycodone overdose deaths of two of his patients. Conway was arrested in June in a massive federal crackdown of doctors who were allegedly over-prescribing painkillers. Prosecutors say Conway distributed more than 750,000 oxycodone pills between January 2009 and November 2011. In the indictment unsealed today, prosecutors say those pills led to the death of 34-year-old Giovanni Manzella, of Long Beach, and 29-year-old Christopher Basmas, of Hicksville. Robert Hachmeister, Conway's 67-year-old office assistant, was charged with conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Prosecutors say he would hand out the painkiller prescriptions that Conway had pre-signed to patients. His lawyer denied those charges, saying his client was just an office assistant who worked for Conway for more than 20 years. Hachmeister has no criminal history and was released today on $150,000 bond. If found guilty, he could spend up to 20 years behind bars. Conway was not in court today but faces up to life in prison if convicted. The duo will be back in court next week.

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