November 07, 2016
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
New Haven Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Federal Prison For Role In Fraudulent Oxycodone Prescription Scheme
NOV 07 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Alejandrino DeJesus, also known as “Baby Boo,” 38, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 132 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a scheme to obtain oxycodone through fraudulent prescriptions.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2012, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that manufactured fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone and distributed the drug in the greater New Haven area. As part of the conspiracy, members of organization obtained the personal identifying information of medical practitioners and used the information to create fraudulent prescriptions. Conspiracy members also purchased legitimate prescriptions for oxycodone from individuals. The organization then used individuals, or “runners,” to fill the fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies throughout Connecticut. Once a runner provided his or her personal information to a member of the organization, the runner’s information was kept on file and used to create other fraudulent prescriptions.
The investigation revealed that, between February 2013 and September 2015, the organization stole the personal identifying information of more than 50 doctors and medical professionals and fraudulently obtained more than 80,000 oxycodone pills. Investigators identified more than 800 fraudulent prescriptions passed by members of the organization using more than 270 different “patient” names.
Nearly all of the runners employed by the conspiracy held state-sponsored medical insurance, so the costs of the prescriptions were billed to Medicaid. Members of the drug trafficking organization then sold the oxycodone for $20 to $30 per 30 milligram pill. DeJesus, Julian Cintron and David Thompson, all of New Haven, were key members of the organization who recruited and transported runners to fill fraudulent prescriptions. The investigation, which included controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that DeJesus distributed oxycodone, as well as heroin and cocaine. A total of 11 individuals were charged as a result of the investigation. DeJesus has been detained since his arrest on September 10, 2015. On August 5, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. Cintron and Thompson pleaded guilty and await sentencing. DeJesus’s criminal history includes multiple felony firearms-related convictions.
The DEA Tactical Diversion Squad includes members from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.