WALLINGFORD MAN INVOLVED IN PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS SCHEME SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JONATHAN COSGROVE, 27, of Wallingford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to obtain and distribute oxycodone through the use of fraudulent prescriptions. On March 22, 2012, a jury found COSGROVE guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone.
“The illegal distribution of prescription narcotics is a serious and rising problem in Connecticut and nationwide, which is why we at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners have made it a priority enforcement area,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. “May this sentence serve as a warning to those involved in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs: You will be prosecuted and sentenced like other drug dealers.”
According to the evidence at trial, between August and November 2010, COSGROVE conspired with Raymond Zona and William Fabrizio to pass 18 fraudulent prescriptions, each for 180 oxycodone pills, at a Walgreens in North Haven. Fabrizio, who was employed as a pharmacy technician at the store, received between $150 and $250 from COSGROVE and Zona each time he filled a fraudulent prescription. COSGROVE and Zona would use some of the oxycodone and sell some of the pills to others for profit.
COSGROVE’s criminal history includes previous convictions for passing fraudulent prescriptions.
Zona and Fabrizio each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone. On July 13, 2012, Zona was sentenced to six months of imprisonment. On August 1, 2012, Fabrizio was sentenced to three years of probation, the first six months of which he must spend in home confinement with electronic monitoring.
This matter was 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 provided valuable assistance to the investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Vanessa Richards.
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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