California Man Pleads Guilty to Obtaining Prescription Drugs by Fraud
BOISE – Jalin Russell-Halfacre, 22, of Sacramento, California, entered a guilty plea yesterday to the charge of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Russell-Halfacre was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2016.
According to information presented in court, Russell-Halfacre traveled to Boise, Idaho in February 2015 and used fraudulent prescriptions to illegally obtain Phenergan with codeine, a schedule V controlled substance. Police officers followed Russell-Halfacre and another co-defendant, Breya Green, as they traveled to multiple pharmacies to obtain the controlled substances. When police officers contacted the doctor that purportedly authorized the prescriptions, the doctor confirmed that he did not authorize the prescriptions and they were fraudulent. Officers also found blank prescription paper and communications showing the codeine cough syrup was being sold to others.
The charge of obtaining controlled substances by fraud is punishable by up to four years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and one year of supervised release. Russell-Halfacre is scheduled for sentencing on January 10, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The three other codefendants charged with committing this crime with Russell-Halfacre are set for trial on October 31, 2016: Breya Green, 22, from Sacramento, California, Torrie Garrett, 23, and Jazmine Lockhart, 22, both from Las Vegas, Nevada.
The case was investigated by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.