Being wrongfully accused of a crime can be extremely stressful especially if you are facing a trial and the serious consequences that go along with it. This week a woman was found not guilty on 11 charges of prescription medication misconduct.
The woman, 45, was hopeful that she would win her case, but was facing the following:
- Three counts of distributing and dispensing CDS.
- Two counts each of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.
- One count each of conspiracy to distribute and posses CDS with intent to distribute
- Possession of CDS with intent to distribute.
- Conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
- Witness tampering.
The charges came from a search and seizure warrant after her home was part of an arson investigation. The woman was one of eight people that were indicted in relation to arson at the Country Plaza Shopping Center in Maryland in March 2010 that shut down eight businesses. She owned a tanning salon and investigators determined that she had a reported financial conflict with the owner of another business and allegedly set the fire.
A person called in a tip to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office, which set off an investigation that allowed police officers to get search warrants of the homes to those allegedly involved in the arson. Investigators found evidence linking the woman to the arson and also found oxycodone, oxycontin, Percocet, fentanyl, duragessic, amphetamine and Adderall in her possession.
The woman was indicted on various arson charges and entered an Alford plea. An Alford plea acknowledges that the state has enough evidence for a conviction, but does not admit guilt to conspiracy-accessory. She was then given four years of unsupervised probation.
As for the drug charges she was facing, a co-conspirator in the arson was a doctor licensed to prescribe the medication. Even though there was question as to whether she needed these medications and whether she had the needed examination to obtain them, the jury decided that she was not guilty of the charges.
Source: SoMdNews.com, "Dunkirk woman acquitted of drug charges," Katie Fitzpatrick, Jan. 2, 2013