An Endicott ophthalmologist has been fined $75,000 for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Authorities say Dr. Louis Pecora surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration numbers, which allowed him to prescribe controlled substances.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Pecora reached a civil settlement after an investigation into "suspicious" orders of hydrocodone.

New York State Police and federal investigators conducted an inspection of Pecora's office and home.

A complaint filed in connection with the settlement indicates Pecora ordered 3,800 tablets of hydrocodone and 500 tablets of Vicodin for personal use.

According to the complaint, Pecora refused or negligently failed to maintain an inventory of controlled substances as required by federal regulations.

A woman who answered a call to Pecora's Endicott office said the doctor would have no comment.

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