ALBANY - A former registered nurse from Greene County was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for an opioid distribution and health fraud scheme and other charges, prosecutors said.
Sarah Brown, 42, of Akra pleaded guilty in September in Albany federal court to distribution of opioids, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York. Prosecutors said Brown admitted that in 2015-2017 she impersonated patients of her co-conspirator, Dr. Myra Mabry, at pharmacies in order to fill prescriptions for oxycodone, morphine, and hydromorphone. The patients’ health benefit plans paid for the drugs.
Brown also admitted that she lied to a grand jury, testifying falsely that she was blackmailing Mabry into writing the prescriptions. In fact, Mabry, 50, of Catskill, was a full participant in the scheme, prosecutors said.
The judge also imposed three years of supervised release on Brown.
Mabry pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and obstruction of justice, and was sentenced to 54 months in prison. She surrendered her medical license as part of the plea.
Former nurse gets 30 months in opioid, ID theft scheme - Times Herald-Record
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