Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

November 15, 2013

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Former Watertown Police Officer Sentenced For Passing False Prescriptions Using Another's Identity

BOSTON - A former Watertown Police Officer was sentenced today for passing false prescriptions, using a stolen identity.

John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division and United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, announced that Joseph Deignan, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 90 days in prison and three years of supervised release. In August 2013, Deignan pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud and of fraud in connection with identification documents.

Deignan, a former Watertown Police Officer who retired in February 2012, used the identity of another person to obtain oxycodone and other controlled substances by forging prescriptions in the other person's name.  Deignan stole the driver's license of the person in 2010, while he was working as the traffic supervisor for the Watertown Police Department.  Using various doctors' information, Deignan forged over 100 prescriptions for controlled substances and used the stolen identity to fill the scripts.

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