Prescription drug fraud charges laid against two men

On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Drug Charges on Friday, September 30, 2011

Kentucky law enforcement is cracking down on people who participate in drug-related crimes. It likely comes as no surprise to many that the consequences for such offenses can be dire. Most often we hear of drug cases involving illicit street drugs such as cocaine or heroin, but street drugs are just one facet of the illegal drug distribution market. In a recent case, two men were charged with prescription drug fraud and both remain adamant that they are not guilty of the drug charges brought against them.

The two men were the chief operating officer (COO) and the pharmacy officer for Fayette County’s Primary Care Center. The COO is currently being charged with an attempt to obtain controlled substances by fraud.

Allegedly, the man used an alias to acquire the prescription sleep aid Ambien, which is also a controlled substance. This man is also accused of using an alias to get a daily testosterone replacement therapy drug called Androgel. The second man facing drug charges is the pharmacist from whom the COO received his alleged ill-gotten prescriptions.

The suspected pharmacist officer was charged with prescription drug trafficking and issuing a false prescription. The drug charges against the pharmacist were due to the man supposedly refilling prescriptions illegally and changing the names of the prescribers of the drugs. Both men were recently released on bond and they now await court proceedings.

These two men may have already sought legal counsel to help them defend against the allegations. In Kentucky, prescription drug fraud can carry a very hefty sentence. These men, and anyone else in a similar situation, are entitled to a skilled legal defense. As always, everyone is perceived to be innocent until guilt is proven. An experienced attorney may be able to help in addressing the issues at hand and assist in attaining the best possible outcome for those involved.

Source: The Kentucky, “Two former officials of Fayette health department face drug-related offenses,” Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Josh Kegley, Sept. 10, 2011

Posted in: Criminal Defense, Drug Charges