WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A doctor charged with running a ‘pill mill’ in Northumberland County has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

In September of 2021, Dr. Raymond Kraynak, 65, originally pled guilty to illegally distributing prescription drugs that caused the deaths of five patients between 2014 and 2017.

As stated in the release from US Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Kraynak operated two offices, one in Mount Carmel and the other in Shamokin, both known as Keystone Family Medicine Associates, and prescribed
approximately 9.5 million units of oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl to patients.

According to court papers, Kraynak prescribe high doses of opioids despite knowing that patients had
previously been treated for drug overdoses, respiratory problems, and other medical conditions
increasing the risks of overdose and death.

Officials say Kraynak was the top prescriber of opioids in Pennsylvania in 2014, 2015, and

In February of 2022, Kraynak tried to withdraw his guilty plea and stated he felt pressure to accept the guilty plea, and said there was “evidence” that will show his innocence, according to court papers.

As of Wednesday night, Chief U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann denied a motion from Kraynak to withdraw his guilty plea and sentenced the doctor to serve 15 years in federal prison.