A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Participant In Rochester Oxycontin Ring
Defendant Pleads Guilty To Obtaining Oxycontin Pills Through Fraudulent Prescriptions
ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Anestacia Wilson, a participant in a scheme to illegally obtain and fill Oxycontin prescriptions for profit, has pleaded guilty. Charged as part of a joint prosecution with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wilson received four fraudulent prescriptions for 60 tablets of Oxycontin from Shantell Williams, the local ringleader who abused access to her employer’s prescription pad to write false prescriptions to several co-defendants for the purpose of then re-selling the medication. Wilson filled the fraudulent prescriptions at several Monroe County pharmacies and used a Medicaid benefits card for payment. The fraudulent payments resulted in over $2,000 in theft to Medicaid.
“Obtaining prescriptions under false pretenses and defrauding Medicaid is a serious offense that our office prosecutes far too often,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We’ll continue our battle against the scourge of prescription drug abuse in New York State, and send a clear message that those who break the law will be held accountable.”
The felony complaint filed in the City of Rochester Criminal Court charged that Wilson and four other defendants acted in concert in a prescription drug fraud. Wilson received cash payments from Williams in exchange for filling the prescriptions that Williams fraudulently wrote. These events occurred on or about October 26, 2009 and February 5, 2010. Three of the prescriptions were filled at a Walgreens store located at 430 Spencerport Road in Monroe County and the fourth was filled at Park Ridge Apothecary, located at 89 Genesee Street in Monroe County. All four were paid for with a Medicaid benefits card.
Wilson pleaded guilty to the crime of Offering a False Instrument in the 2nd Degree, in violation of 175.30 of the Penal Law of the State of New York, an “A” Misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for this crime is one year in jail. As a result of the plea agreement, Wilson will receive three years of probation and will be required to pay restitution in full. The plea was entered before The Honorable Melchor Castro of the Rochester City Court.
This case is being prosecuted by Regional Director Catherine Wagner of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Amy Held, Acting Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is part of the Criminal Justice Division led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan. The investigation was conducted by Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk and Principal Auditor Thomas Clark.