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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Man Pleads Guilty In Prescription Fraud Scheme

            CONCORD – United States Attorney, Emily Gray Rice announced that James Donnelly, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone before United States District Court Judge Landya B. McCafferty.

            According to documents that were filed in United States District Court and statements in the plea proceeding, Donnelly, Geoffrey McIntosh, and others arranged to pass dozens of false prescriptions for OxyContin pills at pharmacies in the Manchester and Nashua areas.  These prescriptions contained falsified signatures of a physician.  Donnelly admitted that he arranged for runners to pass these fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies.  The runners would then be provided with pills or cash as payment for passing the fraudulent prescriptions.  McIntosh would then sell the pills or have others sell them on his behalf.  During the investigation, law enforcement officers identified over 100 fraudulent prescriptions for OxyContin, which were filled in 2009 and 2010.

            A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 13, 2016.   The court will determine the sentence to be imposed after it has the opportunity to review a presentence report prepared by the United States Probation & Pretrial Services Office.

            The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, including the Nashua Police Department, Manchester Police Department, Merrimack Police Department, and the New Hampshire State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Farley.

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Prescription Drugs
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Updated July 12, 2016