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Pill-passing pharmacist gets 46 months

After filling more than 120 fraudulent prescriptions for more than 14,000 pills of Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone and other medications for later street sale by co-conspirators, pharmacist Thomas Fortunato of Warrington, PA was sentenced to 46 months in jail.

Pill-passing pharmacist gets 46 months

After filling more than 120 fraudulent prescriptions for more than 14,000 pills of Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone and other medications for later street sale by co-conspirators, pharmacist Thomas Fortunato of Warrington, PA was sentenced to 46 months in jail.

Fortunato, 47, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova. In June he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of unlawful distribution of the narcotic from the pharmacy he owned – Squire Pharmacy – on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, PA.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ewald Zittlau.

Earlier, co-conspirators Harvey Penn, Mikhail Elam and John Kerzner had pled guilty to conspiracy and unlawful possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Penn was sentenced to 60 months; Elam to 87 months and Kerzner to 70 months.

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