MANCHESTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
THEFT AND PRESCRIPTION FRAUD CHARGES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RYAN MORIN, 31, of Manchester, waived indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation or fraud.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between May and October 2011, MORIN telephoned various pharmacies throughout Connecticut and used stolen identities or registration numbers of doctors and a physician’s assistant to fraudulently order prescriptions for hydrocodone mixed with acetaminophen, a Schedule III controlled substance. In pleading guilty, MORIN admitted that he used the DEA numbers or other information from five different health care providers to falsely obtain more than 5000 pills of prescription medications containing controlled substances.
Previously on December 17, 2010, MORIN was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for falsely obtaining more than 6000 pills of controlled substances in a similar scheme. He was released from prison and began serving his term of supervised release on May 2, 2011.
Chief Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for June 11, 2012, at which time MORIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twelve years and a fine of up to $500,000.
MORIN has been detained since his arrest on October 24, 2011.
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 case is being 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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