States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|December 17, 2010||
MANCHESTER MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUD
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RYAN MORIN, 30, of Manchester, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for prescription drug fraud. On July 8, 2010, MORIN pleaded guilty to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation or fraud.
“Prescription drug fraud is a rising problem, and individuals who commit this type of crime should know that they will receive our Office’s full attention and efforts,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on several occasions, MORIN used false identities to receive treatment at emergency departments of Connecticut hospitals. Following his treatment, MORIN typically would receive prescriptions for a small number of pills containing hydrocodone mixed with acetaminophen, a Schedule III controlled substance. Each prescription contained the DEA registration number of the prescribing physician. MORIN then used the physicians’ DEA numbers to obtain larger quantities of pills by calling in prescriptions to various pharmacies and purporting to be a medical doctor.
MORIN used the DEA numbers or other information from at least 10 health care providers to falsely obtain more than 6000 pills of prescription medications containing controlled substances.
This investigation was conducted by special agents from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Criminal Investigations of the Food and Drug Administration, and Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, along with the Waterford Police Department and the Drug Control Division of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Sheldon.
U.S. Attorney Fein encouraged individuals who suspect health care fraud to report it by calling the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 785-9270 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.
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