June 10, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN OXYCONTIN SCHEME
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a former dental
assistant has pleaded guilty to passing false prescriptions in a
scheme which netted over 12,000 Oxycontin pills with a street value
of up to $500,000.
Rogers, of the 5200 block of Cedgate Road in Baltimore, pleaded
guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court before the Honorable Robert
E. Cadigan to one count of felony Medicaid fraud and four counts
of felony insurance fraud. According to the statement of facts,
between March and December of 2001, Rogers fraudulently obtained
over 700,000 milligrams of Oxycontin by passing 123 false prescriptions
for the medication at a Kmart pharmacy. Oxycontin, a time-release
painkiller, is a brand name of oxycodone and can be addictive. Abusers
have found that grinding up the pill and ingesting it leads to a
statements to Baltimore County police officers, Rogers stated that
she stole prescription pads from a dentist for whom she had worked,
and used a key she had kept to enter that dentist's office after
hours when no one else was present. She then would extract patient
and insurance information from the dentist's patient files, record
the information on the stolen scripts, and forge the dentist's signature.
Her actions caused a loss to the Medicaid program and various private
insurers of $65,895.
of Oxycontin is a serious problem and is perpetuated by actions
like those committed by Ms. Rogers," Attorney General Curran
said. "We will continue to investigate and vigorously prosecute
those who illegally obtain the drug and send the message that this
drug can kill if it is improperly administered."
date has not been set.
Medicaid fraud is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years
and a fine of $100,000. Felony insurance fraud is punishable by
a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of three times the amount
case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the
Maryland Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Baltimore
County Police Department and the federal Department of Health and