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Five from Pinellas to serve prison time for prescription drug scheme

TAMPA — Four men and one woman were sentenced to federal prison Monday for their involvement in a Pinellas County fraudulent prescription drug scheme.

The defendants, all from Pinellas, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone. According to court documents, the five were part of a scheme in which two individuals —Mary Powers and Robert Whitney, who were sentenced to prison in October — generated phony prescriptions on their home computer.

Powers and Whitney used real DEA numbers and physicians' addresses on the prescriptions but listed their own cell phone number and posed as doctor's office personnel when pharmacists called to verify. The five who were sentenced Monday helped fill the prescriptions at Trinity Pharmacy, Baycare Pharmacy and Seminole Drugs, bringing a portion of the pills back to Powers and Whitney.

The five defendants were: Juan Ramos, 21, who was sentenced to 84 months; Jonathan Hamblin, 21, sentenced to 46 months; James Dooley, 41, sentenced to 77 months; Alexis Beltran, 25, sentenced to 70 months, and Luis Quiles, 41, sentenced to 77 months.

The five were part of a larger group of about 50 cases prosecuted jointly by federal and state authorities.

Five from Pinellas to serve prison time for prescription drug scheme 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:09pm]
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