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Pharmacist Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Forging Prescriptions to Acquire Oxycodone and Alprazolam

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ERIC TINGLEY, 45, formerly of Lebanon, Connecticut, and currently residing in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for forging prescriptions to acquire thousands of oxycodone and alprazolam tablets from the Connecticut pharmacy where he was employed.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Tingley was a licensed pharmacist employed at a pharmacy in Norwich.  Between approximately October 2016 and July 2017, Tingley forged approximately 183 prescriptions for oxycodone and approximately 26 prescriptions for alprazolam, and filled the forged prescriptions at the pharmacy where he worked.  Through these forged prescriptions, Tingley unlawfully obtained more than 35,000 oxycodone tablets and more than 2,000 alprazolam tablets.  He then distributed the drugs for his own benefit.

After Tingley’s Norwich employer fired him for performance issues, Tingley moved to Las Vegas, began working at a pharmacy there, and stole an additional 6,445 oxycodone pills.  Tingley was arrested in Las Vegas on June 27, 2018.

On October 22, 2019, Tingley pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam.

Tingley, who is released on a $50,000 bond, is required to report to prison on August 20, 2021.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Pierpont, Jr.

Updated June 29, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs