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 a controlled substance and forgery.
Marc Steven Persson, 41, of the 600 block of Academy Road in Swarthmore, was apprehended in November 2018 and charged with composing deceitful pain reliever prescriptions for clients that included Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone. He was also charged with 6 counts each of delivery and criminal attempt to provide a controlled substance, and 7 counts each of forgery and acquiring a drug by fraud.
Six charges of providing Oxycodone were consolidated into two counts for Wednesday's plea offer before Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly. The plea exercised by Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato and defense counsel Brian Malloy likewise consisted of one count of forgery for composing a prescription utilizing another physician'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 spoke with 2 of Persson's staff members, according to an affidavit of possible cause composed by Ridley Detective Shawn McGee.
The workers stated they became suspicious after getting numerous notifications from local pharmacies that Persson's clients were presenting prescriptions that were being rejected and flagged as fraudulent, according to the affidavit.
Persson had actually formerly been partners with a medical physician who supplied prescriptions for Persson's chiropractic patients, according to the affidavit. The physician left around March 2017 and another physician came in for one day to fill the spot.
The affidavit mentions that the staff members got notice from a regional drug store April 7, 2017, that one of Persson's patients had presented a prescription for 90 pills of 5 mg Percocet composed on a pad coming from the previous partner, however signed by the second doctor. After evaluating the signature, the workers recognized it as Persson's handwriting, according to the affidavit. The medical professional also verified he had actually not written the prescription, the affidavit says.
The workers were notified by another pharmacy May 9, 2017, that someone impersonating the former partner had actually “called in” a prescription for another client, however offered an incorrect Drug Enforcement Agency number for that medical professional. That prescription was for Xanax and the nerve discomfort medication Gabapentin. The same client had actually formerly filled a prescription fraudulently signed by the replacement physician for 120 pills of 5 mg Oxycodone, according to the affidavit.
At least two other patients were likewise able to fill deceptive prescriptions for the narcotics Hydromorphone and Oxycodone-Acetomenaphine, the affidavit says.
The employees stated they recalled Persson particularly asked for that they pull the charts for five clients April 6, 2017, including those identified in the affidavit.
Persson informed McGee and Ridley Detective Sean Brydges during an interview that he had actually used his previous partner's prescription pad to offer the April 7 Percocet prescription, but had actually signed the prescription using his own name, according to the affidavit.
He presumably said he believed it was OK for him to do that due to the fact that the patient had actually received the very same prescription from the second
doctor before. When presented with the prescription bearing the 2nd medical professional's forged signature, Persson apparently admitted that he had created the signature and had actually fraudulently written or called in prescriptions for at least 3 other clients.
“Persson mentioned that he may have written/forged more, however, he could not recall how many prescriptions however stated there were more,” according to the affidavit.
Persson's partner, also a worker of the practice, additionally told detectives that her hubby had been writing or employing deceptive prescriptions after the doctors stopped working there, according to the affidavit.
Investigators interviewed one former patient who indicated he had actually seen a medical professional at the chiropractic office in January 2017, who wrote him a prescription, but had not seen one there because March.
“There were no medical professionals writing the prescription, as quickly as I would come in he (Marc Persson) would hand me my prescription and I would not ask concerns, just think it was regular regular,” the client said, according to the affidavit.
Investigators likewise interviewed both medical professionals. The previous partner said he had actually asked for that Persson return all of his prescription pads left at business, but could not verify that was done. The second physician also said he had not given Persson consent to use his name, signature or DEA number, according to the affidavit.
Persson has been free on unsecured bail of $50,000 since Nov. 13, 2018. He will not have any credit for time served under the plea, but will not need to report to the prison till 6 p.m. Jan. 15 due to issues over coronavirus. He stays on a five-year concurrent probation that will extend beyond his prison sentence.
Persson is eligible for early release on good time in addition to work release, under the sentence. He should likewise pay a $200 cost assessment and supply a DNA sample to state cops. His licensure and ability to write prescriptions were not discussed 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 led to state prison time.
Malloy explained his client Wednesday as a strong family man and strong member of the community, and Persson thanked everyone for “getting the matter dealt with.”