December 3, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
BALTIMORE WOMEN CHARGED IN OXYCONTIN
PRESCRIPTION FRAUD SCHEME
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a nursing assistant
and her roommate have been charged in a prescription fraud scheme
that netted over 12,000 Oxycontin pills.
Roger and Michele Hoilett, both of the 5200 block of Cedgate Road
in Baltimore, have been charged with possession with intent to distribute
Oxycontin, and a variety of theft, fraud, and conspiracy charges.
It is alleged that from February to December of 2001, the two women
fraudulently obtained over 700,000 milligrams of Oxycontin by passing
more than 120 false prescriptions for the medication at a Kmart
pharmacy. Oxycontin, a time-release painkiller derived from opium,
is a brand name of oxycodone and can be addictive. Abusers have
found that grinding up the pill and ingesting it leads to a heroin-like
case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the
Maryland Attorney Generals Office. While an indictment is
only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless
proven guilty, a charge of possession with intent to distribute
Oxycontin is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years
in prison and a $25,000 fine. Felony Medicaid fraud is punishable
by a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of $100,000.
General Curran is co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys
General Prescription Drug Task Force, which has made it a priority
to address the marked increase in the abuse of the prescription
drug and to coordinate information and share knowledge in addressing
arraignment date has not yet been set.
case is the result of a joint investigation with the Baltimore County
Police Department and the Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Attorney General.