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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Portland Woman Pleads Guilty to Prescription Drug and Fraud Charges

Contact: David B. Joyce
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Shannon Bragdon, 32, of Portland, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to attempting to acquire oxycodone by deception and health care fraud.

According to court records, between May 2015 and March 2016, Bragdon took blank prescriptions from a dentist’s office where she was employed and caused dozens of them to be fraudulently issued for oxycodone pills and presented to at least nine pharmacies in Southern Maine. 

On March 21, 2016, a pharmacist alerted authorities after suspecting that an oxycodone prescription Bragdon presented was invalid.  DEA agents responded to the pharmacy and encountered Bragdon in the waiting area. 

She faces up to four years on the drug charge, ten years on the fraud charge, and up to a $250,000 fine on each charge.  Sentencing will be held following the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Prescription Drugs
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Updated September 30, 2016