MEDIA COURTHOUSE– A Ridley Park chiropractic doctor was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months at the county jail 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 jailed in November 2018 and charged with writing fraudulent pain reliever prescriptions for clients that consisted of Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone. He was likewise charged with 6 counts each of delivery and criminal effort to deliver an illegal drug, and 7 counts each of forgery and obtaining a drug by fraud.
Six charges of delivering Oxycodone were combined into two counts for Wednesday's plea offer before Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly. The plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato and defense counsel Brian Malloy also included one count of forgery for composing a prescription utilizing another doctor's signature on a prescription. The staying counts were dismissed.
Ridley Township officers were dispatched to Perssonal Health Chiropratic at 100 E. Chester Pike May 9, 2017, where they talked to 2 of Persson's staff members, according to an affidavit of possible cause composed by Ridley Detective Shawn McGee.
The staff members stated they became suspicious after getting numerous notifications from local drug stores that Persson's clients existed prescriptions that were being rejected and flagged as fraudulent, according to the affidavit.
Persson had actually previously been partners with a medical physician who offered prescriptions for Persson's chiropractic patients, according to the affidavit. The doctor left around March 2017 and another doctor came in for one day to fill the area.
The affidavit mentions that the staff members received notification from a local pharmacy April 7, 2017, that a person of Persson's clients had actually provided a prescription for 90 pills of 5 mg Percocet composed on a pad belonging to the former partner, but signed by the second medical professional. After evaluating the signature, the workers recognized it as Persson's handwriting, according to the affidavit. The doctor likewise verified he had not written the prescription, the affidavit says.
The workers were notified by another pharmacy May 9, 2017, that somebody impersonating the former partner had actually “hired” a prescription for another patient, but offered an incorrect Drug Enforcement Agency number for that doctor. That prescription was for Xanax and the nerve pain medication Gabapentin. The exact same client 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 patients were also able to fill fraudulent prescriptions for the narcotics Hydromorphone and Oxycodone-Acetomenaphine, the affidavit says.
The workers said they recalled Persson particularly asked for that they pull the charts for five patients April 6, 2017, including those identified in the affidavit.
Persson informed McGee and Ridley Detective Sean Brydges throughout an interview that he had actually used his previous partner's prescription pad to offer the April 7 Percocet prescription, however had signed the prescription using his own name, according to the affidavit.
He presumably stated he believed it was OKAY for him to do that due to the fact that the patient had actually gotten the very same prescription from the second
physician prior to. When provided with the prescription bearing the 2nd physician's created signature, Persson allegedly confessed that he had forged the signature and had actually fraudulently composed or employed prescriptions for a minimum of three other clients.
“Persson mentioned that he may have written/forged more, however, he could not remember the number of prescriptions but specified there were more,” according to the affidavit.
Persson's partner, also a worker of the practice, furthermore told investigators that her spouse had been writing or contacting deceptive prescriptions after the doctors quit working there, according to the affidavit.
Detectives spoke with one former patient who indicated he had actually seen a medical professional at the chiropractic office in January 2017, who composed him a prescription, but had not seen one there since March.
“There were no doctors composing the prescription, as soon as I would be available in he (Marc Persson) would hand me my prescription and I would not ask questions, just think it was regular regular,” the patient stated, according to the affidavit.
Investigators also interviewed both physicians. The former partner said he had actually requested that Persson return all of his prescription pads left at the business, however could not confirm that was done. The second physician also stated he had not given Persson approval to utilize his name, signature or DEA number, according to the affidavit.
Persson has been complimentary on unsecured bail of $50,000 because Nov. 13, 2018. He will not have any credit for time served under the plea, but will not have to report to the prison up until 6 p.m. Jan. 15 due to concerns over coronavirus. He remains on a five-year concurrent probation that will extend beyond his prison sentence.
Persson is qualified for early release on great time along with work release, under the sentence. He must also pay a $200 cost assessment and offer a DNA sample to state authorities. His licensure and capability to compose prescriptions were not discussed as part of the plea.
DiRosato noted 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 married man and strong member of the neighborhood, and Persson thanked everyone for “getting the matter resolved.”