Playing pharmacist for profit comes at a heavy price — in this case, a prison term.
A Staten Island woman got 12 years for masterminding an oxycodone distribution ring that flooded New York and New Jersey with more than 1,000 grams of the addictive painkiller.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors say Carolyn Richardson and her partner in crime got their hands on a doctor’s prescription registration information and wrote out bogus scripts. They sold the pills and forged prescription pads.
Richardson, 42, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in April to a conspiracy to dole out oxycodone. Her cohort, Doraymus Robinson, 65, was sentenced in June to an eight-year sentence.
Apart from profiting off people’s addictions, prosecutors said the pill pushers were also violent.
Richardson and Robinson paid for a storage unit where they kept a stash of opioids, prescription pads, fake identifications, refill schedules — and a gun.
When the pair believed a man was stealing from them, Robinson clobbered him with a baseball bat and the victim had to be hospitalized. Prosecutors said Richardson ordered Robinson to beat the supposed thief.
Richardson initially was released on $ 250,000 bail. She said she was addicted to drugs and needed to be in an outpatient clinic. Three days later, she left a threatening voice mail for a prosecution informant.
“You turned on me, so I’m gonna turn on you. That’s just, that’s the way it is,” Richardson was quoted saying in the voice mail.
The informant turned to the authorities after getting the voice mail.
Prosecutors successfully pressed to have Richardson locked up during the case. They argued she misled the court about her alleged addiction and that she was a danger to the community.
As early as 2012, Richardson was running similar versions of the same forged-prescription game in New Jersey cases, prosecutors said.