Florida man charged after using doctor e-prescribing privileges

Florida man charged after using doctor e-prescribing privileges
Nassau County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest and charging of a Florida man for allegedly unlawfully using doctor e-prescription privileges to issue and fill tens of thousands of prescriptions. (Photo courtesy of the Nassau County District Attorney's office)

A Florida man has been charged with diverting doctors’ e-prescriptions for tens of thousands of narcotics after an individual was arrested outside a Great Neck pharmacy for picking up prescriptions that were not in his name, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

Devin Anthony Magarian, 21, from Kissimmee, Fl., was arrested by Nassau County Police Jan. 17 and charged with unlawfully using e-prescription privileges granted to doctors to issue thousands of prescriptions for narcotics, including Oxycodone, Promethazine and Codeine, according to the DA’s Office.

Magarian was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal diversion of prescription medication, prosecutors said. If convicted, Magarian  faces upwards of 20 years in prison.

He was arrainged on Jan. 17. He is due back in court on Feb. 5.

The investigation is still ongoing.

In February 2023, an unnamed defendant was arrested after he allegedly picked up two prescriptions that were not in his name. The prescriptions were picked up at a Great Neck pharmacy, which the DA’s office did not name.

The DA’s office said an “extensive” investigation followed the arrest and found that the unnamed defendant was in contact with Magarian.

Nassau District Attorney Anne Donnelly called the operation a “wide-ranging conspiracy” which Magarian allegedly leads, commanding a group of associates. The associates involved were not named and the number of individuals involved was not provided by the DA’s Office.

Associates, which the DA’s office said are also called “runners,” would allegedly retrieve the prescriptions sent to chain and local pharmacies. These prescriptions were typically prescribed using fake names, the DA’s Office said.

“This is one of the most complex and technologically sophisticated drug operations we’ve ever witnessed,” Donnelly said.

Donnelly said Magarian and his associates allegedly compromised doctor accounts used to e-prescribe prescriptions to issue and fill thousands of them. These prescriptions were for narcotics and controlled substances.

“This investigation was a case of modernday piracy; criminals stealing digital prescription pads to divert medication that put hundreds of thousands of people at risk,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino said.

“Law enforcement acted swiftly to fully identify this elaborate criminal conspiracy operating through online illicit drug sales and interstate trafficking to shut it down,” he said. “This case is a prime example that drug traffickers will stop at nothing in order to make a profit. Opioids, like fentanyl or diverted prescription medication like oxycodone, have become insipid killers who crept into the illicit drug supply and took user demand by storm resulting in 80% of all drug-related deaths.”

The DA’s Office said that Magarian was conducting a Telegram mobile app channel that would advertise to customers when another round of prescriptions would be available to order, calling them “portals” for moments when orders could be placed for the drugs.

Customers would then message Magarian to purchase a prescription or a controlled substance, the DA’s office said.

The DA’s Office said Magarian was in the New York area to collect about $14,000 from an individual who was picking up Oxycodone prescriptions. They said the money was for seven prescriptions of the drug at 30mg, which amounted to 630 pills in total.

Donnelly said this operation was conducted in Nassau County and in multiple other states.


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