Oxycodone prescription fraud chief sentenced to 4 years in federal prison
A man who fraudulently obtained and sold 2,400 oxycodone pills by dispensing fake prescriptions at drugstores in the Portland metro area was sentenced to four years in federal prison on Tuesday.
Chase Adam Conway, 36, is reportedly sending women to drugstores to fill fake prescriptions, getting 90 to 180 pills at a time, prosecutors say.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents tracked Conway’s car in the fall of 2018 and discovered he was using the DEA registration numbers of several doctors without their knowledge, according to Kemp Strickland, a deputy U.S. attorney.
Conway also obtained medical prescription paper, used his printer to place the names of doctors and their DEA registration numbers on prescriptions, and provided his so-called “runners” with fake IDs to secure pills.
“Mr. Conway was in charge of that circle of people that he sent to these pharmacies across the metro area,” Strickland said. “He was the one who really benefited from getting the oxycodone and getting it. the redistribution that followed. “
Conway’s attorney Robert Hamilton, a deputy federal public defender, said his client’s crime was motivated by long-term addiction to opiates and methamphetamine, a problem he has struggled with for more than 16 years.
Yet his arrest in this case “probably saved his life and others as well, and he acknowledges it,” Hamilton said.
Conway told US District Judge Michael H. Simon, “Everything I got in trouble for was a direct result of my drug and alcohol addiction.”
“In my mind, I thought I was helping friends who were involved. I could give them free pills. They won’t have to steal from people, they won’t have to sell their bodies, ”he said.
Once Conway got sober, he said he realized that “whatever I did I was promoting their addiction. I am very sorry for this.
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