Three of six people charged with operating a prescription drug ring in Fayette and Westmoreland counties have entered guilty pleas.
On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that Sabrina D. Thomas, 27, of Fairbank; Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, of West Newton; and Adam L. Fincik, 35, of West Newton entered their pleas before a Westmoreland County judge.
The three were a charged along with Rhonda R. Anthony, 43, of West Newton, Rebekah Carwithen, 25, of Monessen and Brooke N. Cross, 27, of Largo, Florida, in a scheme that occurred in Fayette and Westmoreland between June 2015 and February 2016.
According to the state attorney general’s office, Cross approached Keys about obtaining fraudulent Buprenorphin prescriptions and gave Thomas the name of Keys’ boyfriend, Fincik, for the pickup of the opioid. Thomas called in two fraudulent prescriptions for Buprenorphin and had Keys pick up one of the prescriptions in Fincik’s name. Fincik picked up the second prescription himself.
They used the Drug Enforcement Administration number of Dr. Nabir Jabbour, without his consent or knowledge, to obtain the drugs, police said.
Thomas was Jabbour’s office manager, and became friendly with Cross, who was one of the doctor’s patients. Thomas and Cross agreed that Thomas would call in prescriptions in Cross’s name, using Jabbour’s information, according to police.
Cross, according to the charges, gave Thomas other people’s names and dates of birth to use in calling in the phony prescriptions to various Westmoreland and Fayette county pharmacies.
Anthony reportedly told police she participated in the scheme to make some extra money. She told police she sold the pills for money or gave them to Carwithen, her daughter. Police said Anthony told them Carwithen is a recovering heroin addict.
“Schemes like this are fueling the opioid epidemic across Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said. “My office has prioritized stopping the illegal diversion of prescription medication and we’ll continue to crack down. These pills fuel the opioid public health crisis and each of these defendants has played a role in that.”
Thomas pleaded guilty to acquisition by misrepresentation, corrupt organizations and identity theft and will be sentenced within 90 days. Keys pleaded guilty to acquisition by misrepresentation and was sentenced to three years of probation. Fincik pleaded guilty identity theft and was sentenced to two years of probation.
Anthony and Cross are still awaiting trial. Carwithen pleaded guilty in September.