Former New Jersey medical office employee sold fraudulent scripts for controlled substances
A Burlington County man who used his position at a medical practice to provide people with scripts to get unauthorized prescription pills, has plead guilty in court, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.
Jose Colon, 37, of Sicklerville, who worked for a medical practice in Mount Holly, had been charged with distribution of controlled substances after selling the fraudulent prescriptions.
He was not employed as a medical provider, so as part of his rouse, he used the identities of the doctors who worked there to make and sell the fraudulent prescriptions obtaining drugs such as Oxycodone, Adderall, Percocet, and Xanax.
It became a deep, planned operation as well with Colon meeting his customers in person with a prescription pad to sell the prescriptions in exchange for cash and also did so electronically where he'd submit the scripts to pharmacies but still get cash from his customers.
In order to try and hide his scheme, he told his customers to only call after the medical practice office was closed so he'd be the only one there to answer the phones in the event the pharmacies called and had any questions such as whether the script was real or not.
For his prescription and distributing substances operation, Colon faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine with sentencing scheduled for June 7, 2022.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.
Defense counsel: Lisa Lewis Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden.