Prince William Oxycodone ring busted
Twelve people were charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria Wednesday with prescription fraud and trafficking Oxycodone pills after an eight-month investigation by federal and local law enforcement officials in Fairfax and Prince William counties.
In four criminal complaints, which were unsealed Wednesday, the 12 suspects are charged with serving as street-level dealers and suppliers. They obtained Oxycodone by prescription fraud and the distributed the pills, the complaints say.The group presented hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies throughout Northern Virginia, prosecutors said.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, made the announcement Wednesday.
Ten people were arrested Tuesday and two remain at large. According to court documents, the distribution ring used similar computer templates to copy and forge prescriptions for Oxycodone, often producing the fake prescriptions at local FedEx/Kinko's locations.
The ring used information from real doctors to illegally obtain the prescriptions. Real patients allegedly had their names used on fake prescriptions and their driver's licenses stolen and presented at pharmacies so people could try to fill the forged prescriptions.
The group would get the Oxycodone pills at pharmacies and redistribute them in smaller quantities. Many of the transactions were done in their homes throughout Prince William County.
The people who were charged include:
*John Michael Wolfrey, 26, of Bristow. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Justin Ryan Wolfrey, 23, of Bristow. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and allegedly took over passing false prescriptions and became a driving force behind the prescription fraud ring after his brother John M. Wolfrey was arrested, according to court documents.
*Joseph Andrew Wolfrey, 23, of Bristow. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. He and his brother John Michael Wolfrey allegedly manufactured false prescriptions. Joseph Wolfrey is also alleged to have filled false prescriptions for Roxicodone around Northern Virginia, the court papers say.
*Roy Lee Johnson, 26, of Manassas, a relative of the Wolfreys. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Heather Renee Mullins, 26, of Manassas. She is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Daniel Ralph Mauck, 34, of Manassas Park. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Patricia Mauck, 29, of Manassas Park, is married to Daniel Ralph Mauck. She is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Wallace Lee Mauck, 29, of Manassas. He is alleged to have obtained Oxycodone using false prescriptions and to have used other people to fill the prescriptions for him. Court documents allege that he used false prescriptions forged by his brother Daniel Ralph Mauck. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
*Donald Brian Austin, 24, of Manassas. He is charged with illegally obtaining Oxycodone.
*Jennifer Leigh Edwards, 32, of Manassas. She is charged with illegally obtaining Oxycodone. Court documents allege that Edwards passed forged prescriptions in pharmacies in Haymarket and in Vienna for the prescription medication Roxicodone.
Authorities say two other people have been charged but not yet arrested. They include Roland Donald Reynolds Jr., 24, of Sterling, and Ashley Nicole Foster, 23, of Remington. Both are charged with attempted use of a forged prescription to obtain Oxycodone.
This case is part of a long-term, ongoing investigation called Operation "Cotton Candy" that is being conducted by the Northern Virginia Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The investigation is focused on the illegal distribution by numerous doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and patients of pain medication.
| February 23, 2011; 6:33 PM ET
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