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Former Jacksonville Healthcare Worker Sentenced To Five Years In Federal Prison For Opioid Distribution Conspiracy

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

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Rhiannon Rader (34, St. Marys, Georgia) to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam (Xanax). Rader had pleaded guilty on October 29, 2019.

According to court documents, as an employee of a Jacksonville Beach physician’s office, Rader had access to her employer’s prescription pad. Without her employer’s knowledge, Rader sold fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and Xanax, to drug dealers. She also filled fraudulent prescriptions for drugs in her own name.

Pharmacy records show that between March and September 2016, in Duval County and Nassau County, 44 different pharmacies filled approximately 116 fraudulent prescriptions for 46 individuals who were not actually patients of Rader’s employer. Records from multiple pharmacies show that on certain occasions, when pharmacy employees called the physician’s office to confirm whether such prescriptions were genuine, Rader falsely represented that the prescriptions were legitimate. As part of her guilty plea, Rader admitted that her actions resulted in the illegal distribution of nearly 7,000 doses of controlled substances.

Rader is the eleventh member of this drug distribution ring to be sentenced in federal court. Sandra Arnold (35, Nolensville, Tennessee) was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment; Christopher John Bates (27, Jacksonville) was sentenced to 42 months’ imprisonment; Christopher Lee Calhoun Jr. (25, Fernandina Beach) was sentenced to three years’ probation, including six months of home detention; Jon’quill Holmes (31, Jacksonville) was sentenced to three years’ probation; Otis Kirkland (33, Jacksonville) was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment; LaRhonda Lukes (32, Jacksonville) was sentenced to three years’ probation, including two months of home detention; Christopher Oquendo Martinez (28, Baldwin, Georgia) was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment; Reginald Ray (34, Jacksonville) was sentenced to time served or approximately 19 months’ imprisonment; Carleigh Wilson (25, Jacksonville) was sentenced to time served or approximately four months’ imprisonment; and Sarah Yocom (30, Kingsland, Georgia) was sentenced to one year of probation.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

Updated June 23, 2020

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