Two men plead guilty to being part of Portland foot doctor’s false prescription-writing scheme

Posted July 31, 2013, at 11:50 a.m.
Last modified July 31, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two southern Maine men who obtained fraudulent prescriptions for nearly 3,700 oxycodone pills from a Portland foot doctor, then sold the pills, pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to charges related to the scheme.

Neal Laverriere, 31, of Biddeford pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count each of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and health care fraud. Adam Goodwin, 37, of Scarborough pleaded guilty to the same charges Monday.

The men are being held without bail pending sentencing.

U.S. District Judge George Singal scheduled the sentencings for both men on Nov. 12.

Between February and November 2010, Dr. John B. Perry, a Portland podiatrist, wrote 20 prescriptions to Goodwin for a total of 1,800 pills of the powerful painkiller, according to court documents. He wrote 21 prescriptions to Laverriere for a total of 1,890 pills.

Goodwin used some of the money from the illegal drug sales to finance a club in Westbrook called Dreamers, according to court documents.

Perry, 52, of Cumberland was sentenced in June in federal court in Portland to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy and health care fraud charges. The doctor admitted that he wrote prescriptions with no medical purpose, traded prescriptions for cash and cocaine and fabricated patient charts to cover his improper prescriptions, according to court documents.

Court records showed that Perry was responsible for the unlawful distribution of more than 18,000 oxycodone pills. In addition to Laverriere and Goodwin, Perry wrote 110 fraudulent prescriptions in the names of six other people for a total of 9,870 pills, according to court documents. Those individuals are not named in court documents.

Perry is serving his sentence at a Federal Corrections Institute in Berlin, N.H., according to the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s Inmate Locator. The facility is described on the bureau’s website as housing medium security male prisoners with a satellite prison camp for minimum security prisoners.

Laverriere and Goodwin each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million on the drug conspiracy charge. On the health care fraud count, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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