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Jefferson County pharmacist ordered to pay more than $335,000 for filling fake prescriptions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – David M. Wasanyi, a former Martinsburg and Charles Town, West Virginia pharmacist, was ordered to pay $335,670 in civil penalties for filling prescriptions in violation of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wasanyi, age 50, was a pharmacist at City Pharmacy in Martinsburg and at City Pharmacy in Charles Town, West Virginia. From 2010 to 2015, City Pharmacy filled 1,181 invalid prescriptions for controlled substances written by physicians in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia for patients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. All of the purportedly fraudulent patients traveled great distances to have the illegitimate prescriptions filled, most by Wasanyi.

The civil judgment against Wasanyi in the amount of $335,670 is for his estimated income from those illegitimate prescriptions, many of which were written for oxycodone.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg Kinskey and Stephanie Savino litigated the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated April 1, 2019

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