Â Food & Drug AdministrationÂ Office of Criminal Investigations Â
PROVIDENCE, RI â A Providence man who led a conspiracy to create fraudulent prescriptions for opioid pills using stolen medical practitioner identification numbers and identities, &, at times, unlawfully paying for the prescriptions with the use of medical insurance, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute Oxycodone, and aggravated identity theft.
Robert Rose, 52, the acknowledged leader of the conspiracy, is the fourth person to plead guilty for their role in the conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch & Jeffrey Ebersole Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations.
A fifth defendant charged in this matter is awaiting trial in U.S. District Court.
According to court documents, it was the intent of the conspiracy to manufacture fraudulent prescriptions utilizing the identities & Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) identification numbers and signatures of medical practitioners without their consent. Prescriptions for varying amounts of Oxycodone pills were written & presented to pharmacies by some members of the conspiracy and others working at the direction of the conspirators. The scheme often times included the fraudulent use of medical insurance to pay pharmacies for the illicit prescriptions. Most of the Oxycodone pills gained with the use of fraudulent prescriptions were sold to other people for distribution.
At the time of his guilty plea, Robert Rose admitted to the Court that as the leader of the conspiracy, he…