Perhaps rightly so, there appears to have been an emphasis placed on investigating and prosecuting alleged crimes involving illegal drugs, including illegally obtained prescription drugs. As a result, there is a certain stigma associated with allegations of criminal activity involving drugs -- so much so that some people forget about the guarantee of the presumption of innocence. One couple in Pennsylvania will likely be making important decisions regarding their criminal defense after federal drug charges were filed against them.
The charges involve a 29-year-old woman and her husband. Reports indicate that the woman used her position as an office manager for a doctor to illegally obtain several thousand units of oxycodone. As the office manager, she had access to prescriptions for refills that had previously been signed. Police claim that the woman wrote prescriptions for her husband.
Officials believe that once her husband filled the prescription, the two would then distribute them to other people. The alleged fraud is said to have happened over the span of approximately 16 months. The husband and wife pair now face multiple charges related to their alleged activity and could spend several years in prison if convicted.
There are many elements of this case that are unclear at this time, including how officials first began to suspect the pair. As in all cases, those facing criminal charges, including federal drug charges, are presumed innocent until proved otherwise. To do so, federal prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Because of the seriousness of the charges that they face, the Pennsylvania couple could likely benefit from the guidance of a professional with experience with federal cases as they make important decisions regarding the direction of their case.
Source: fox43.com, "Physician's Assistant and husband charged with oxycodone scam", Paul Smith, Dec. 8, 2015