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July 5, 2007

GUILTY: Doctor accused in oxycodone case convicted by jury

After almost 16 hours of deliberations, a jury found Dr. William Mangino guilty of nine of 19 felony charges against him.

The jury returned to the courtroom around 3 p.m. Thursday with its decision, and members were polled individually about each of the nine guilty counts against the 64-year-old pain doctor. Those included five violations of the state drug act, four violations of Medicaid fraud and one charge of conspiracy to violate the drug act.

Defense attorney Thomas W. Leslie said he “definitely” intends to appeal the jury’s decision.

At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Dominick Motto agreed to increase Mangino’s bond to $100,000, from $50,000. He has been out on bail since shortly after his September 2004 arrest.

Mangino, a Philadelphia doctor, was arrested with chiropractor Thomas Wilkins and pain doctor Phillip Wagman on multiple felony charges for prescribing massive quantities of oxycodone and other opiates to patients who went to their clinic for treatment.

Wilkins and Wagman were convicted and sentenced last year and are in state prisons.

Mangino was handcuffed by sheriff’s deputies after the verdict and taken to jail.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Baxter, who prosecuted the case, commented, “I’m certainly pleased with the verdict. These three fellows turned this town upside down with their irresponsible manner which they were prescribing narcotics.”

(Look for complete details on Friday.)

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