PHARMACY TECHNICIAN ADMITS
ROLE IN PRESCRIPTION FRAUD SCHEME
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM FABRIZIO, JR., 27, of Milford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between August and November 2010, FABRIZIO, while employed as a pharmacy technician at a Walgreens store in North Haven, filled at least 18 fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone. FABRIZIO received between $150 and $250 from his co-conspirators each time he filled a fraudulent prescription.
Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for January 19, 2012, at which time FABRIZIO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the North Haven, Wallingford and Milford Police Departments. The Drug Control Division of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and members of the Walgreens Loss Prevention Unit have provided valuable assistance to the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.
In October 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and members of federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies initiated “Operation Pharm Team” to combat the misuse of prescription drugs. Members of Operation Pharm Team include the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Offices of the Inspectors General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Control Division of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, and members of local police departments.
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