MEDIA COURTHOUSE– A Ridley Park chiropractor was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months at the county prison in Concord Wednesday after pleading guilty to dispersing an illegal drug and forgery.
Marc Steven Persson, 41, of the 600 block of Academy Road in Swarthmore, was arrested in November 2018 and charged with composing fraudulent painkiller prescriptions for clients that consisted of Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone. He was likewise charged with 6 counts each of delivery and criminal attempt to deliver a controlled substance, and seven counts each of forgery and procuring a drug by fraud.
6 charges of providing Oxycodone were consolidated into 2 counts for Wednesday's plea deal prior to Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly. The plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato and defense counsel Brian Malloy also consisted of one count of forgery for composing a prescription utilizing another physician's signature on a prescription. The remaining counts were dismissed.
Ridley Township officers were dispatched to Perssonal Health Chiropratic at 100 E. Chester Pike May 9, 2017, where they spoke with 2 of Persson's staff members, according to an affidavit of probable cause composed by Ridley Detective Shawn McGee.
The employees said they became suspicious after getting multiple notifications from regional drug stores that Persson's clients existed prescriptions that were being turned down and flagged as fraudulent, according to the affidavit.
Persson had previously been partners with a medical physician who provided prescriptions for Persson's chiropractic patients, according to the affidavit. The medical professional left around March 2017 and another medical professional came in for one day to fill the spot.
The affidavit specifies that the staff members received notification from a regional drug store April 7, 2017, that one of Persson's clients had provided a prescription for 90 pills of 5 mg Percocet composed on a pad belonging to the previous partner, but signed by the second doctor. After reviewing the signature, the workers determined it as Persson's handwriting, according to the affidavit. The doctor likewise verified he had not written the prescription, the affidavit states.
The employees were notified by another pharmacy May 9, 2017, that somebody impersonating the previous partner had actually “called in” a prescription for another client, however provided an inaccurate Drug Enforcement Agency number for that physician. That prescription was for Xanax and the nerve discomfort medication Gabapentin. The very same patient had actually formerly filled a prescription fraudulently signed by the replacement medical professional for 120 tablets of 5 mg Oxycodone, according to the affidavit.
A minimum of two other clients were also able to fill deceptive prescriptions for the narcotics Hydromorphone and Oxycodone-Acetomenaphine, the affidavit states.
The employees stated they recalled Persson specifically requested that they pull the charts for five clients April 6, 2017, consisting of those determined in the affidavit.
Persson told McGee and Ridley Detective Sean Brydges throughout an interview that he had utilized his previous partner's prescription pad to provide the April 7 Percocet prescription, but had signed the prescription utilizing his own name, according to the affidavit.
He supposedly stated he believed it was OKAY for him to do that because the patient had actually gotten the exact same prescription from the 2nd
physician before. When provided with the prescription bearing the 2nd medical professional's forged signature, Persson allegedly confessed that he had created the signature and had actually fraudulently written or employed prescriptions for a minimum of three other clients.
“Persson mentioned that he might have written/forged more, nevertheless, he might not remember how many prescriptions but specified there were more,” according to the affidavit.
Persson's spouse, likewise a staff member of the practice, additionally informed detectives that her spouse had actually been writing or contacting deceitful prescriptions after the physicians quit working there, according to the affidavit.
Investigators spoke with one previous patient who showed he had seen a doctor at the chiropractic office in January 2017, who composed him a prescription, however had not seen one there given that March.
“There were no doctors composing the prescription, as soon as I would can be found in he (Marc Persson) would hand me my prescription and I wouldn't ask concerns, simply believe it was typical routine,” the patient said, according to the affidavit.
Investigators likewise spoke with both physicians. The former partner stated he had asked for that Persson return all of his prescription pads left at business, however might not validate that was done. The 2nd physician likewise said he had not given Persson approval to utilize his name, signature or DEA number, according to the affidavit.
Persson has actually been free on unsecured bail of $50,000 because Nov. 13, 2018. He will not have any credit for time served under the plea, however will not have to report to the prison up until 6 p.m. Jan. 15 due to issues over coronavirus. He remains on a five-year concurrent probation that will extend beyond his prison sentence.
Persson is eligible for early release on great time as well as work release, under the sentence. He needs to likewise pay a $200 cost assessment and provide a DNA sample to state cops. His licensure and capability to compose prescriptions were not mentioned as part of the plea.
DiRosato kept in mind the sentence was well below standard guidelines of 22 to 36 months for some of the counts, which would have resulted in state jail time.
Malloy described his client Wednesday as a strong family man and strong member of the community, and Persson thanked everyone for “getting the matter solved.”