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Former Pro Football Team Medical Director Indicted in Orleans County
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This article originally appeared in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

A Livingston County man is facing 25 felony charges in connection with a drug ring that peddled prescription drugs across the region.

Charles M. Livingston of Nunda was the medical director for the Rochester Raiders indoor football team when he was initially charged in March for his alleged role in a 2-year-old drug network that sold or gave prescription drug slips to lower-level drug dealers and put thousands of prescription pills on the streets of western New York.

Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone said Livingston was indicted by an Orleans County grand jury last week and was charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, second-degree and fourth-degree conspiracy and 22 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, all felonies.

Livingston was arraigned in Orleans County Court yesterday and remains free on the $100,000 bail he posted after his initial arrest, Cardone said.

Livingston, who also worked for Southern Tier Sports Medicine in Geneseo earlier this year, was one of three people arrested in March following a six-month investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and police departments in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties, Cardone said.

Also arrested in March were Jason T. Coley and Stephanie J. Rumpf, both of Greece. Cardone said Coley, a former Rochester Raiders player, has been cooperative with authorities and a plea deal is being negotiated.

Livingston and Coley are no longer associated with the football team.

Police said Livingston is accused of being the leader of the group. He is accused of selling blank prescription slips for $800 apiece, giving them away or exchanging them for other items to people who would in turn sell them or forge signatures and take the prescriptions to pharmacies. Most often, the prescriptions were filled for 240 pills of a variety of opiates, such as Percocet and Oxycodone, said Joseph F. Sacco, supervising investigator of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Those pills often sold for $10 or more apiece on the street, Sacco said.

Some of the prescription forms belonged to Livingston, while others were stolen by Livingston from doctors working at Southern Tier Sports Medicine, police said.

Livingston is scheduled to return to Orleans County Court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 10.

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