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November 07 , 2017
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Meridian medical assistant pleads guilty to conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud

(BOISE, Idaho) – Kellie Cansaydee Sebastian, 33, and Ramon Leon Garcia, 28, of Meridian,
Idaho, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.   Sebastian pleaded guilty on November 6, 2017, and Garcia pleaded guilty on September 19, 2017. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise in May 2017.

According to court records, Garcia and Sebastian agreed to obtain and attempt to obtain
possession of oxycodone and promethazine-codeine cough syrup. Sebastian was employed as a medical assistant for a local doctor. As a medical assistant, Sebastian had the ability to print out prescriptions using the doctor’s information and the name of his practice. Sebastian printed out prescriptions for controlled substances and provided those to her co-conspirator, Ramon Garcia, who took the prescriptions to different pharmacies and attempted to fill them. For example, Garcia took a fraudulent prescription for 120 tablets of oxycodone 20mg to a pharmacy and successfully filled it.

The charge of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud is punishable by up to
four years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and term up to one year of supervised release.

Sentencing for Garcia is set for December 7, 2017, and sentencing for Sebastian is set for
February 6, 2018. Both sentencings are before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led Tactical
Diversion Squad which is comprised of law enforcement from the DEA, Ada County Sheriff’s
Office, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.


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