Sanford woman pleads guilty to getting drugs with phony prescriptions

Posted Oct. 12, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Sanford woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to acquire a controlled substance through fraud and to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and methadone.

Tasha Cook, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 30.

She has been held without bail since her arrest in June and will continue to be detained until sentencing, according to court documents.

By pleading guilty, Cook admitted that she gave blank prescription papers obtained from a doctor’s office and blank prescription papers she printed using a different doctor’s name to her co-conspirators. Cook signed the doctors’ names and, using various patient names, obtained oxycodone and methadone pills, according to the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty. She admitted to selling the pills.

Cook was indicted in June by a federal grand jury in Portland along with co-defendants Denise Proia, 37, of Sanford and James Ducrow, 38, of East Waterboro. Their cases are pending.

Cook faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million on the most serious charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs. She faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the acquisition of drugs charge.

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