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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 9, 2015

Pharmacy Owner and Manager Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Money Laundering in Fort Myers

Fort Myers, Florida – United States District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Cape Coral residents Jeffrey R. Green (51) and Karen S. Hebble (44) for conspiracy to unlawfully distribute oxycodone and money laundering. Green, the former owner of Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Hebble, the pharmacy manager, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. The Court entered a money judgment against the defendants, in the amount of $4,918,603.36, representing the proceeds earned from unlawfully selling oxycodone. Green was also ordered to forfeit $1,253,419.09 seized from his company’s bank account; $347,423.56 used to pay off the mortgage on his Cape Coral home; his Florida pharmacy technician’s license; and all of his interest in both Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy, Inc. and Gulf Coast Infusion Center, Inc.

Green and Hebble were found guilty by a federal jury on May 1, 2014.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from 2009 through October 6, 2011, Green and Hebble filled, or caused to be filled, prescriptions for oxycodone that had not been issued for legitimate medical purposes. They also distributed oxycodone without the supervision and control of a licensed pharmacist.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which includes the Naples Police Department, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, and other local law enforcement agencies. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Yolande G. Viacava, Robert P. Barclift, and David Lazarus.

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Updated February 5, 2015