MANCHESTER MAN WHO USED STOLEN IDENTITIES TO BUY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RYAN MORIN, 31, of Manchester, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for using stolen identities of health care providers to fraudulently acquire prescription medication, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a previous federal conviction.
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. The investigation revealed that MORIN used the DEA numbers or other information from five different health care providers to falsely obtain more than 5,000 pills of prescription medications containing controlled substances.
On December 17, 2010, MORIN was sentenced by Judge Thompson to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for falsely obtaining more than 6,000 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. According to statements made in court, MORIN began to obtain fraudulent prescriptions just two weeks after his release from prison.
MORIN has been detained since his arrest on October 24, 2011. On March 19, 2012, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation or fraud.
This investigation was conducted by special agents from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with assistance from the East Hartford, Manchester, and Newington Police Departments. 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 203-777-6311 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.
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