Shamokin PA

Kraynak trial postponed

WILLIAMSPORT — A motion to postpone Dr. Raymond Kraynak’s trial on 19 charges related to unlawfully dispensing opioids was granted by Federal Judge Matthew W. Brann Tuesday.

Brann, of the U.S. Middle District in Williamsport, filed the order to continue Kraynak’s trial from May 7 to July 2.

The motion was filed Tuesday by Kraynak’s attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Thomas A. Thornton, who has yet to receive discovery materials of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Thornton said the case involved a “huge amount” of discovery material the government is continuing to put together and a lot of people who need to be interviewed. He thinks it’s unlikely the trial will occur in July.

Kraynak, 60, was taken into custody Dec. 21 on an indictment alleging he operated a “pill mill” resulting in the death of at least five patients. The indictment said he was the state’s top prescriber of opioids for a 19-month span between Jan. 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017, and had prescribed 2.8 million dosage units of various types of opioids to 2,838 patients.

If convicted, Kraynak, who had been practicing medicine with offices in Mount Carmel and Shamokin since 1984, faces 20 years imprisonment on each of the five counts connected to the deaths.

Kraynak surrendered his DEA license to dispense controlled substances as part of a bail agreement, and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM) suspended his license. 

A hearing on Dr. Raymond Kraynak’s medical license suspension scheduled before the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM) in late February was continued indefinitely, but the temporary suspension of his medical license will remain in effect.