Case File #2 Pharmacist sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy and distribution of controlled substances relating to the filling of “sham prescriptions” for Percocet, Xanax, and Lorcet in exchange for cash and other benefits.

A Pharmacist was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of controlled substances and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The pharmacy was a haven for drug dealers and drug addicts who went there to fill false medical prescriptions for frequently abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances, such as Percocet, Lorcet, and Xanax, and the frequently abused syrups Tussionex and Phenergan with Codeine. The pharmacist filled the prescriptions knowing they were false. An involved physician separately plead guilty to issuing false scripts and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

The pharmacist filled bundles of multiple false prescriptions for frequently abused prescription drugs in exchange for cash and other benefits. The pharmacist’s “customers” waited in line outside the Pharmacy to have their fraudulent prescriptions filled. To avoid detection, the pharmacist set an artificial limit on the number of prescriptions he would fill per day from the physician so the prescriptions would not be consecutively recorded and reported to governmental authorities responsible for tracking prescriptions.