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Former medical assistant guilty of prescription fraud






HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former medical assistant has been found guilty of running a prescription fraud ring that distributed nearly 15,000 Oxycodone pills in the Harrisburg area.

Saibel Rondon Villegas, 35 of Harrisburg, was convicted in Dauphin County Court last week on counts of conspiracy and acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud.

The district attorney's office said Villegas used a West Shore doctor's prescription paper without his knowledge and sold forged prescriptions to a co-defendant.

The prescriptions were made out to people who were not patients of the doctor, but who had close ties to Villegas.

The co-defendant, Sharde Chenault, testified that she bought the prescriptions from Villegas for $1,000 each and filled them at various Rite Aid pharmacies throughout the Harrisburg area.

When the pharmacy would call the doctor’s office to verify the prescription, Villegas would answer the phone and verify the names and dates of birth on the fake prescriptions.

Prosecutors said between June 2014 and March of 2015, Villegas put 14,970 Oxycodone pills on the streets of the Harrisburg area and used the proceeds to fuel lavish spending, such as a $700 pair of shoes.

Villegas is in Dauphin County Prison on $500,000 bail and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison when she is sentenced December 5.

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