Pharmacist sentenced to three years in prison for forging scripts for oxycodone and alprazolam
American man Eric Tingley, 45, has been sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment for forging prescriptions to acquire thousands of oxycodone and alprazolam tablets from the pharmacy where he worked.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Mr Tingley was a licensed pharmacist employed at a pharmacy in Norwich, Connecticut.
He was found to have forged approximately 183 prescriptions for oxycodone and approximately 26 prescriptions for alprazolam between October 2016 and July 2017.
Mr Tingley then filled these forged prescriptions at the pharmacy where he worked, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.
Through these forged prescriptions, the pharmacist unlawfully obtained more than 35,000 oxycodone tablets and more than 2,000 alprazolam tablets, and allegedly “distributed the drugs for his own benefit”.
After Mr Tingley’s employer fired him for performance issues, he moved to Las Vegas and began working at a pharmacy there.
There he stole an additional 6,445 oxycodone pills, before being arrested in June 2018.
The following year Mr Tingley pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam.
While the pharmacist was released on a $50,000 bond, he is required to report to prison on 20 August 2021.
His three-year term of imprisonment will be followed by three years of supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration.