Princeton man facing state drug charges gets probation in fraud case

Posted May 17, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
Last modified May 18, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Princeton man awaiting sentencing on state drug trafficking charges in Washington County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation for Social Security fraud.

John L. Moholland Jr., 42, also was ordered to pay nearly $2,828 in restitution while on federal probation by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock.

Moholland waived indictment and pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud in February. He was receiving more than $600 a month in disability benefits, according to court documents, but paid $13,000 in cash for prescription drugs at several pharmacies in Washington County instead of having them paid for by MaineCare.

Where and from whom he obtained the money was not known, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey told Woodcock. Not reporting the additional income to Social Security was fraud, the federal prosecutor said.

Moholland faced up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the charge. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was from zero to six months, and Moholland was eligible for up to three years of probation under the supervision of the U.S. Office of Probation and Pre-trial Services.

The judge Tuesday ordered that Moholland begin serving his probation after completing a prison term on the state charges.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced soon in Washington County Superior Court, according to Casey. The defendant’s plea agreement with state prosecutors calls for Moholland to be sentenced to 15 years in state prison with all but five suspended.

Moholland was indicted by the Washington County grand jury in March 2010 on 13 counts, including theft by unauthorized taking, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Class A; unlawful trafficking, Class B; aggravated unlawful furnishing of drugs, Class B; six counts of unlawful possession of drugs; receiving stolen property; and two counts of violation of conditions of release, according to previously published reports.

He was one of five people arrested in the days after a Jan. 8, 2010, burglary at the Pleasant Point Health Center in which more than 22,000 individual doses of prescription drugs were taken. Police have said about 85 percent of the drugs were recovered.

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