June 21, 2018
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New York man sentenced to nearly 4 years on drug, health care fraud charges

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Bronx, New York man will spend the next 46 months behind bars and three years under supervised release for his role in a scheme to fraudulently fill and distribute oxycodone prescriptions in Maine.

Devine Harvin, 33, was sentenced March 15 by U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal in Portland. Harvin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit health care fraud on Dec. 5, 2012.

Harvin was employed by a Bronx medical facility when he stole blank prescription rolls containing hundreds of prescriptions and sold them to a co-conspirator, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Other participants in the scheme generated fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, sometimes using the names of Mainers and purported to be written by New York doctors. None of the Maine people named on the prescriptions received any medical care from the doctors in New York, whose names were unlawfully placed on prescriptions, according to the press release.

The prescriptions were then presented at pharmacies in Maine. If the prescriptions were filled, the pills were illegally sold and distributed in Southern Maine, according to court documents.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Portland and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Newark, N.J., conducted the investigation.

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