Doctor, wife arrested amid allegations that he traded prescriptions for sexual favors

The St. Johns County doctor whose office was raided by state law enforcement agents in May amid allegations that he was writing prescriptions in exchange for sexual favors has been arrested along with his wife.

 

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 74-year-old Asok Roy and his wife, Manjula Roy, 72, at their home at 9183 Old A1A on Monday.

Asok Roy is facing five counts of solicitation to commit prostitution, two counts of writing a prescription for monetary benefit, two counts of falsely omitting information on a document or report, and one count of being principle to practicing a health care profession without a license, a release from FDLE said.

His wife was arrested for practicing a health care profession without a license.

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement raided the doctor’s Butler Beach office on May 16.

The same day of the raid, the Department of Health filed an order for an emergency suspension of his license that detailed various encounters between him and confidential sources and informants as well as undercover law enforcement officers. In many of the encounters Asok Roy is described as asking for, or engaging in, sexual acts in exchange for prescriptions.

The 37-page document, which lists the doctor’s last name as “Ray,” described a nearly year-long investigation, in which those individuals contacted him for prescriptions of various forms of the painkiller buprenorphrine and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

An administrative complaint, filed against Asok Roy by the Department of Health the following month, alleges that between November 2015 and February 2017 Roy “engaged in a pattern of exchanging sexual acts with patients for free or discounted medical examinations and prescriptions for medicinal drugs and/or controlled substances” and that his wife (her name is also listed as Ray in the DOH documents) was practicing medicine in the office without a license.

In October, Asok Roy relinquished his medical license to the Department of Health in lieu of pending action from the board. He will never again be allowed to apply for a license in the state of Florida.

The North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration helped with the investigation.

Records show the husband and wife were boked into the St. Johns County jail just after 1 p.m. on Monday. They were released about three hours later after posting bond.

Asok Roy’s bonds totaled $32,500. His wife’s bond for her single charge was $2,500.

 

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