News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2006

Milford Man Sentenced For Forging Oxycontin Prescriptions

DEC 4 -- Boston, MA... A Milford, Massachusetts man was sentenced today in federal court for acquiring oxycontin by preparing forged prescriptions and submitting them to a Stop & Shop pharmacy in Milford.

June Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, Colonel Mark Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and Thomas O’Loughlin, Chief of the Milford Police Department, announced today that HARVEY LIT, age 35, of 41 East Walnut Street, Milford, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to two years’ probation, and restitution in the amount of $18,695.27. During his probation, LIT will be on house arrest for four months; his compliance with house arrest will be monitored electronically. LIT pleaded guilty to Acquiring Oxycodone by Means of Fraud on June 5, 2006.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that LIT, a lab technician, had obtained access to a doctor’s computer and appropriated software to prepare prescriptions in the doctor’s name. Beginning in 2003 and continuing until August 2005, LIT forged 35 prescriptions for oxycontin, and submitted them to the Stop & Shop in Milford where the drug was dispensed. The government said there was no evidence that LIT sold the oxycontin, but rather used it to deal with pain from a back injury. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts contributed $18,695 to the cost of the dispensed oxycontin.

The case was investigated by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, the Massachusetts State Police and the Milford Police Department.