March 18, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Bronx Man Sentenced To Almost Four Years On Drug And Health Care Fraud Charges
(PORTLAND, MAINE) - - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Devine Harvin, 33, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced on Friday by United States District Judge George Z. Singal to 46 months in jail and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Harvin pled guilty to the charges on December 5, 2012.
According to Court records, Harvin was employed by a medical facility in Bronx, New York. Harvin stole blank prescription rolls containing hundreds of prescriptions and sold the rolls to a co-conspirator. Other members of the conspiracy then generated fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone. Some of these prescriptions contained the names of people in Maine and purported to be written by doctors in New York. None of the Maine-based people whose names appeared on these prescriptions received any medical care from the doctors in New York whose names were unlawfully placed on the prescriptions. The prescriptions were then presented to pharmacies in Maine. If the prescription was successfully filled, the pills were then further distributed in Southern Maine.This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Portland, Maine, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Newark, New Jersey.