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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 28, 2016

New Haven Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Role in Fraudulent Oxycodone Prescription Scheme

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAYMOND MORALES, also known as “Freddy,” 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a scheme to obtain oxycodone through fraudulent prescriptions.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2012, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that manufactured fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone and distributed the drug in the greater New Haven area.  As part of the conspiracy, members of organization obtained the personal identifying information of medical practitioners and used the information to create fraudulent prescriptions.  Conspiracy members also purchased legitimate prescriptions for oxycodone from individuals.  The organization then used individuals, or “runners,” to fill the fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies throughout Connecticut.  Once a runner provided his or her personal information to a member of the organization, the runner’s information was kept on file and used to create other fraudulent prescriptions.

MORALES recruited runners to fill fraudulent prescriptions.  The investigation also revealed that he had a close associate who was employed as a pharmacy technician at a pharmacy in New Haven and assisted MORALES in filling the fake prescriptions.

The investigation revealed that, between February 2013 and September 2015, the organization stole the personal identifying information of more than 50 doctors and medical professionals and fraudulently obtained more than 80,000 oxycodone pills.  Investigators identified more than 800 fraudulent prescriptions passed by members of the organization using more than 270 different “patient” names.

Nearly all of the runners employed by the conspiracy held state-sponsored medical insurance, so the costs of the prescriptions were billed to Medicaid.  Members of the drug trafficking organization then sold the oxycodone for $20 to $30 per 30 milligram pill.

On June 16, 2016, MORALES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Eleven individuals have been charged as a result of the investigation.

The DEA Tactical Diversion Squad includes members from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy C. Brown and Robert M. Spector.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Health Care Fraud
Prescription Drugs
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Updated November 28, 2016