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Former Veterinary Clinic Manager Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Obtain Hydrocodone By Fraud

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

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Crystal Windham (41, Summerfield) has pleaded guilty to an information charging her with attempting to obtain a controlled substance (hydrocodone) by fraud. Windham faces a maximum penalty of four years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, between July 2020 and May 2023, Windham purchased more than 21,000 hydrocodone tablets from a pharmacy in Summerfield, Florida. Windham, a former practice manager for a veterinary clinic in Ocala, used forged prescriptions from two veterinarians to acquire the drugs. Many of the prescriptions were for deceased pets or for animals that had never been prescribed hydrocodone by the veterinary practice. On May 9, 2023, Windham went to the pharmacy and again attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription for hydrocodone. She was stopped before doing so. When subsequently interviewed by law enforcement, Windham admitted the scheme by which she had fraudulently obtained the hydrocodone tablets.   

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tyrie K. Boyer.

Updated May 22, 2024

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