The last defendant in a opioid “pill mill” case, a woman from Lafayette, has pleaded guilty. According to a release from U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $1 million. The original indictment involved 23 individuals and alleged that from at least May 2013 through July 2014, the defendants participated in a scheme to illicitly obtain prescriptions for pain medications, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and then distribute those controlled substances for profit. As part of the conspiracy, homeless people or those of limited means were recruited and paid to pose as patients at medical clinics. To date, 29 defendants have pleaded guilty, including one doctor, one clinic owner, two pharmacists, and numerous co-conspirators, to their involvement in the conspiracy and several have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from probation to 48 months in federal prison.
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