A US pharmacist has pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone in exchange for sexual favours
Licensed pharmacist Richard Daniel Hiller, 64, from Maryland on the United States’ east coast, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and to distributing oxycodone.
The guilty plea was announced by US Attorney for the District of Maryland, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, Mr Hiller was a licensed pharmacist working at a pharmacy in Towson, Maryland.
Mr Hiller admitted that he filled fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone for several women in return for sexual favours.
On numerous occasions between January 2014 and February 2017, Mr Hiller directed two of the women to come to the pharmacy where he worked prior to the opening of the business.
Mr Hiller would make them perform sexual acts in a private area of the pharmacy, prior to filling their fake prescriptions for oxycodone, reports the US Attorney’s Office.
Beginning in 2014, Mr Hiller also distributed oxycodone to a third woman.
In return for distributing oxycodone to her – often without any valid prescription – Mr Hiller would ask the woman to send him nude photos and sexual videos of herself, and allow him to grope and kiss her.
This woman would sometimes use different names to simultaneously obtain oxycodone prescriptions from two doctors.
Mr Hiller would fill both prescriptions knowing they had been fraudulently obtained.
When the woman rejected one of Mr Hiller’s advances, he called the woman’s doctors to notify them that she was fraudulently obtaining prescriptions from both of them.
“[Mr] Hiller filled these prescriptions knowing they were fraudulent and outside the usual course of professional practice,” said authorities.
He would also permit the women to fill additional prescriptions for oxycodone before the previous 30-day window had expired.
In an effort to hide the conspiracy, some of the fraudulent prescriptions listed fake names and names of family members.
The women were addicted to oxycodone and would resell many of the pills they obtained from Mr Hiller to maintain their addiction, stated authorities.
Over the course of the conspiracy, Mr Hiller distributed approximately 20,500 15 milligram oxycodone pills.
“Abuse of oxycodone and other pharmaceutical drugs is one of our most significant drug enforcement challenges,” said US Attorney Robert K. Hur.
“Those who divert pharmaceutical drugs for illegal purposes further the tragic cycle of addiction and the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.”
Mr Hiller faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy, and a maximum of 20 years in prison for distributing oxycodone.
US District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for Mr Hiller on November 15, 2018.