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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Monday, July 30, 2018

Two people guilty of distributing Tramadol pills

Two people pleaded guilty to distributing Tramadol pills.

Randall S. Borntrager, 48, of Canton, and Renee Bischoff, 50, of Bakersfield, California, are scheduled to be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a Schedule IV controlled substance and conspiracy to ship misbranded drugs in interstate commerce.

Bischoff was a pharmacy technician who, from at least 2013 to 2017, shipped pills of Tramadol from California to Borntrager in Ohio, who sold the drugs, according to court documents.

Bortrager distributed approximately 100 Tramadol pills on July 1, 2017, according to court documents.

“The illegal diversion of prescription painkillers is one of the causes of the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain and suffering here in Ohio,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This pair will be held accountable for their actions.”

“Pharmacy technicians, like other health care professionals, are trusted by U.S. consumers to fill their prescriptions with drugs from the legitimate prescription drug supply chain. When that trust is betrayed, the consequences can be serious for patients,” said Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Metro Washington Office. “We will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who abandon their professional principles in exchange for profit.”

The investigation preceding the information was conducted by the Food & Drug Administration -- Office of Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.

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Mike Tobin 216.622.3651
Updated July 30, 2018