February 13, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WOMAN CHARGED IN OXYCONTIN
PRESCRIPTION FRAUD SCHEME
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Danielle Williams,
18, of the 1500 block of Ellamont Street, Baltimore, was charged
in an 82-count indictment with possession with intent to distribute
Oxycontin and two other controlled dangerous substances. Williams
was also charged with theft, fraud, and conspiracy.
is alleged that from June 2002 to December 2002, Williams uttered
prescriptions using the names and Medicaid numbers of actual Medicaid
recipients, when in fact all of the prescriptions were fraudulent.
Williams is charged with passing the forged prescriptions, obtaining
and possessing the drugs and possessing the drugs with the intent
to distribute them. The indictment alleges that Williams obtained
multiple Oxycontin prescriptions with the intent to distribute the
drugs and with stealing from the Medicaid program. For the six month
period, Williams is charged with obtaining 26 fraudulent prescriptions
using just one Medicaid recipients name.
is also charged in several counts with conspiring with Thelma Hunter.
Hunter, 38, also a Baltimore resident, has been indicted in a 41-count
indictment that alleges conspiracy, prescription fraud and drug
distribution charges. Hunters indictment alleges that she
and Williams worked together to obtain multiple Oxycontin prescriptions,
often several on the same day.
is a great drug for those who need it, but it poses a serious threat
to abusers, " Attorney General Curran said. "We will continue
to be aggressive in our efforts to keep it out of the hands of the
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 high.
case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the
Maryland Attorney Generals Office in conjunction with the
United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of
the Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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. Attorney General Curran co-chairs the National Association
of Attorneys General Prescription Drug Task Force.