A Winslow doctor appeared in federal court in Camden yesterday, accused of writing prescriptions for painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.

Ronald Rahman, 59, is a physician whose licenses had lapsed in New York state, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He had been authorized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to handle and distribute controlled substances in the course of research and professional practice, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden said.

Rahman is accused of selling prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet, and other painkillers to a government source on three occasions this year. He allegedly sold 30 prescriptions for $3,850.

He was arrested by Clementon police on June 11 and is being held at the Camden County prison. If he is convicted, the maximum penalty would be 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $1 million.    

- Paul Nussbaum