PORTLAND, Maine — A Connecticut man who traded cocaine for prescriptions for oxycodone with a podiatrist was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to a year and three months in federal prison.
Dariem Vanalstyne, 25, of New London, Conn., pleaded guilty in February to four counts of acquiring drugs by deception.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge George Singal sentenced Vanalstyne to a year of supervised release after he completes his prison term.
Vanalstyne traded cocaine for prescriptions for oxycodone from Dr. John B. Perry on at least four occasions in 2009, according to the prosecution version of events to which Vanalstyne pleaded guilty. Perry, 51, of Bridgton was associated with Atlantic Foot & Ankle Center in Portland when he allegedly traded prescriptions for narcotics for cocaine.
The physician was indicted in February by a federal grand jury on 43 counts of distribution of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and one count of health care fraud, according to court documents.
Perry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is free on $100,000 secured bail. His trial is scheduled tentatively for August in Portland.
In addition to Vanalstyne, a Windham man has been sentenced to prison time for getting prescriptions for oxycodone illegally from Perry.
Manford Rideout , 43, was sentenced in March in federal court in Portland to a year and a day in prison for conspiracy to acquire drugs by deception. He was released last week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Locator. The time Rideout was held without bail from his arrest in last August to his sentencing in March was counted toward his sentence.
Between March 4 and Sept. 20, 2010, Rideout obtained more than 20 prescriptions for oxycodone, a powerfully addictive painkiller, from Perry, according to court documents.
In exchange for introducing other people to Perry, Rideout would receive a “cut” of any prescriptions the doctor wrote, according to the prosecution version of events to which Rideout pleaded guilty. Rideout also 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, according to court documents.
Rideout and Vanalstyne each faced up to four years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
If convicted, Perry faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.