A Boston Medical Center radiology tech was arraigned Friday for his alleged half is a scheme involving Adderall, Clonazepam, injectable testosterone and different drug prescription fraud, Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden introduced Sunday.
“Insurance fraud hurts everybody,” Hayden stated. “Putting controlled substances on the street for personal gain—which appears to be the motive here—pushes that hurt even further. The fact that these are people abusing their legal and ethical responsibilities is an added level of medical and professional duplicity.”
The radiology tech, Rafael Garcia, 44, was charged with conspiracy to violate drug legal guidelines, acquiring medication by fraud and larceny of a drug. Garcia was arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court Central Division and held on $2,500 bail.
Police first caught on to Garcia’s coworker, BMC nurse practitioner John Cann. A pharmacist in Malden flagged Cann and contacted police after turning into suspicious of Cann’s prescription practices and patterns.
Cann allegedly issued improper prescriptions for medication together with Adderall, Lorazepam and Amphetamine ER and sometimes picked them up from the pharmacy himself.
Further investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Unit with the Fraud Bureau confirmed Cann additionally allegedly wrote quite a few prescriptions of Clonazepam, Adderall, Dextroamphetamine, Androderm patches and injectable testosterone for Garcia between Feb. 2021 and June 2023, once more choosing up many himself. Garcia was not his affected person and charged the prescriptions to his medical health insurance.
Clonazepam — additionally identified by the model identify Klonopin — Adderall, Lorazepam, Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine are used for quite a lot of situations together with seizures, nervousness, ADHD, narcolepsy and others. All pose critical dangers of abuse and habit.
Androderm, like injectable testosterone, is used primarily as a substitute remedy for situations related to a deficiency of testosterone in grownup males, based on the National Library of Medicine. Both medication are sometimes abused by bodybuilders and athletes, with many doable opposed reactions.
Cann was charged in Malden District Court earlier this 12 months on costs associated to issuing improper prescriptions.
Garcia will return to courtroom on Dec. 29 for a pre-trial listening to.