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 distributing an illegal drug and forgery.
Marc Steven Persson, 41, of the 600 block of Academy Road in Swarthmore, was apprehended in November 2018 and charged with writing deceptive painkiller prescriptions for patients that included Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone. He was also charged with 6 counts each of shipment and criminal effort to deliver an illegal drug, and seven counts each of forgery and procuring a drug by fraud.
6 charges of providing Oxycodone were combined into two counts for Wednesday's plea deal prior to Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly. The plea exercised by Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato and defense counsel Brian Malloy also included one count of forgery for writing 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 employees, according to an affidavit of possible cause written by Ridley Detective Shawn McGee.
The employees said they became suspicious after getting numerous notices from regional drug stores that Persson's patients existed prescriptions that were being rejected and flagged as deceitful, according to the affidavit.
Persson had actually formerly been partners with a medical physician who supplied prescriptions for Persson's chiropractic clients, according to the affidavit. The medical professional left around March 2017 and another doctor came in for one day to fill the area.
The affidavit mentions that the staff members received notice from a regional drug store April 7, 2017, that a person of Persson's clients had actually presented a prescription for 90 tablets of 5 mg Percocet composed on a pad coming from the former partner, but signed by the second medical professional. After evaluating the signature, the employees recognized it as Persson's handwriting, according to the affidavit. The doctor also confirmed he had not composed the prescription, the affidavit says.
The employees were informed by another drug store May 9, 2017, that someone posing as the previous partner had actually “contacted” a prescription for another client, however provided an incorrect Drug Enforcement Agency number for that medical professional. That prescription was for Xanax and the nerve discomfort medication Gabapentin. The exact 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 2 other clients were likewise able to fill fraudulent prescriptions for the narcotics Hydromorphone and Oxycodone-Acetomenaphine, the affidavit says.
The employees stated they remembered Persson particularly asked for that they pull the charts for 5 clients April 6, 2017, including those recognized in the affidavit.
Persson told McGee and Ridley Detective Sean Brydges during an interview that he had actually used his previous partner's prescription pad to provide the April 7 Percocet prescription, but had actually signed the prescription utilizing his own name, according to the affidavit.
He supposedly said he believed it was OKAY for him to do that since the patient had actually received the very same prescription from the 2nd
physician before. When provided with the prescription bearing the 2nd doctor's created signature, Persson presumably confessed that he had created the signature and had fraudulently written or employed prescriptions for at least 3 other patients.
“Persson stated that he might have written/forged more, nevertheless, he might not remember how many prescriptions however mentioned there were more,” according to the affidavit.
Persson's other half, also a staff member of the practice, furthermore told investigators that her spouse had been writing or calling in deceptive prescriptions after the physicians quit working there, according to the affidavit.
Detectives spoke with one previous client who indicated he had actually seen a doctor at the chiropractic workplace 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 quickly as I would can be found in he (Marc Persson) would hand me my prescription and I would not ask concerns, simply believe it was typical regular,” the client stated, according to the affidavit.
Detectives likewise spoke with both doctors. The previous partner stated he had asked for that Persson return all of his prescription pads left at the business, but might not verify that was done. The second medical professional likewise stated he had not given Persson authorization to utilize his name, signature or DEA number, according to the affidavit.
Persson has been complimentary on unsecured bail of $50,000 considering that Nov. 13, 2018. He will not have any credit for time served under the plea, however will not have to report to the jail until 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 as well as work release, under the sentence. He should also pay a $200 expense evaluation and supply a DNA sample to state police. His licensure and capability to write prescriptions were not discussed as part of the plea.
DiRosato kept in mind the sentence was well substandard guidelines of 22 to 36 months for a few of the counts, which would have resulted in state prison time.
Malloy described his customer Wednesday as a strong family man and strong member of the neighborhood, and Persson thanked everyone for “getting the matter fixed.”