Windham man sentenced on drug charge

Posted March 16, 2012, at 8:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Windham man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland for conspiracy to acquire prescription drugs, namely oxycodone, by deception.

Manford Rideout, 42, was given a sentence of one year and one day in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release, according to court documents connected to the case. He also was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

Between March 4 and Sept. 20, Rideout obtained more than 20 prescriptions for the powerfully addictive painkiller from a doctor whose name was withheld in a report submitted by a special agent with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

The agent said that in exchange for introducing other people to the unnamed doctor, Rideout would receive a “cut” of any prescriptions the doctor wrote for them. The agent said he believed that Rideout’s “cut” was a portion of the prescription pills dispensed to the other patients.

One of the patients introduced to the doctor, whose name also was not provided, told investigators he sold the prescription drugs he received to buy cocaine. The agent’s report said that patient received more than 20 prescriptions from March 17 to Dec. 14 of 2010.

Rideout told investigators he gave the doctor cash payments as a “tip” for giving him so many prescriptions, which were written outside of the doctor’s medical office. One of them was written at a Portland bar, the report stated.

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