BOSTON - A Lowell man was convicted today in federal court of selling drugs at the VA Medical Center in Bedford, Mass.
Scott Houtchens, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to distribution of buprenorphine. In 2011, Houtchens sold buprenorphine to a cooperating witness and undercover federal agent at the VA Medical Center’s Bedford campus. The Center provides multiple services to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including alcohol and drug abuse/ addiction rehabilitation services.
Judge Saris scheduled sentencing for Aug. 28, 2012. Houtchens faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by at least two years of supervised release and a $500,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Jeffrey G. Hughes, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; Chief John C. Duffey of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service, Bedford VA Medical Center; and Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda P. M. Strachan of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.
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