LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A Hesperia woman who worked as a pharmacist pleaded guilty to illegally distributing oxycodone.
Pauline Tilton, 49, a licensed pharmacist and the owner of Oasis Pharmacy located at 15414 Sand Street in the City of Victorville pleaded guilty on Monday, April 29, 2019, to a single count each of distribution of oxycodone and money laundering. Tilton admitted to filling hundreds of counterfeit prescriptions making over a quarter million dollars of revenue. The money was laundered to conceal the illicit sales of the drugs. Both Tilton and Oasis Pharmacy submitted guilty pleas for the same felony offenses.
Over the course of a year, ending in July 2017, Tilton filled around 345 fraudulent prescriptions for the opioid drug, oxycodone, court documents show. The name and DEA registration number of a retired doctor was used for prescriptions. Tilton knew the prescriptions were fraudulent, and without legitimate medical purpose, federal officials said.
Many of the prescriptions also included prescriptions for alprazolam ( Xanax) and promethazine with codeine. Tilton and Oasis providing around 62,000 tablets of oxycodone illegally. Those three drugs – oxycodone, alprazolam, and promethazine with codeine – comprise the “Holy Trinity,” a frequently abused and life-threatening cocktail of controlled substances. Tilton and Oasis Pharmacy were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash when filling these fake prescriptions. Tilton deposited $286,621 into three banks between January 2016 and June 2017.
Sentencing is set for August 12, 2019. Tilton will face up to 30 years in federal prison and Oasis Pharmacy could be ordered a fine of up to $1.25 million.
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