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Nurse practitioner admits writing fake fentanyl prescriptions

A nurse practitioner from West Seneca admitted Thursday he wrote fake prescriptions for fentanyl.

Brandon Coburn, 34, also admitted taking part in a conspiracy that federal investigators say resulted in the fentanyl being sold illegally on the streets of Buffalo.

No longer employed as a nurse practitioner in the region, Coburn pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and will face a recommended prison term of up to 11 years when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Coburn is one of several defendants charged in a prosecution that claims he provided fraudulent fentanyl prescriptions to other defendants for a five-month period ending in April of 2015. The prescriptions were filled by Coburn's co-defendants or others who were paid $50 per  prescription, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prosecutors have said Coburn previously surrendered his medical license in Arizona for improper professional practice and misconduct.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Adler is leading the prosecution.

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