MEDIA COURTHOUSE– A Ridley Park chiropractic practitioner 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 jailed in November 2018 and charged with writing deceptive pain reliever prescriptions for clients that included Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone. He was also charged with six counts each of delivery and criminal effort to provide an illegal drug, and 7 counts each of forgery and acquiring a drug by fraud.
Six charges of delivering Oxycodone were consolidated into 2 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 also included one count of forgery for composing a prescription using 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 talked to 2 of Persson's workers, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Ridley Detective Shawn McGee.
The workers stated they ended up being suspicious after getting several notifications from local pharmacies that Persson's patients were presenting prescriptions that were being turned down and flagged as deceptive, according to the affidavit.
Persson had actually formerly been partners with a medical doctor who supplied prescriptions for Persson's chiropractic patients, according to the affidavit. The doctor left around March 2017 and another medical professional came in for one day to fill the area.
The affidavit states that the workers received notification from a local drug store April 7, 2017, that a person of Persson's patients had actually provided a prescription for 90 pills of 5 mg Percocet composed on a pad coming from the previous partner, however signed by the 2nd physician. After reviewing the signature, the employees recognized it as Persson's handwriting, according to the affidavit. The doctor also confirmed he had not written the prescription, the affidavit states.
The workers were informed by another drug store May 9, 2017, that someone posing as the former partner had actually “contacted” a prescription for another patient, but provided an incorrect Drug Enforcement Agency number for that medical professional. That prescription was for Xanax and the nerve discomfort medication Gabapentin. The same patient had previously filled a prescription fraudulently signed by the replacement doctor for 120 pills of 5 mg Oxycodone, according to the affidavit.
A minimum of two other clients were likewise able to fill fraudulent prescriptions for the narcotics Hydromorphone and Oxycodone-Acetomenaphine, the affidavit says.
The workers said they recalled Persson specifically asked for that they pull the charts for five patients April 6, 2017, consisting of those determined in the affidavit.
Persson told McGee and Ridley Detective Sean Brydges throughout an interview that he had actually utilized his previous partner's prescription pad to supply the April 7 Percocet prescription, but had 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 client had gotten the exact same prescription from the second
doctor before. When provided with the prescription bearing the second physician's forged signature, Persson supposedly confessed that he had forged the signature and had fraudulently composed or called in prescriptions for a minimum of 3 other clients.
“Persson specified that he might have written/forged more, however, he could not recall the number of prescriptions but stated there were more,” according to the affidavit.
Persson's spouse, also an employee of the practice, in addition informed investigators that her hubby had been composing or hiring deceitful prescriptions after the physicians quit working there, according to the affidavit.
Private investigators spoke with one previous patient who indicated he had actually seen a medical professional at the chiropractic office in January 2017, who wrote him a prescription, but had actually not seen one there considering that March.
“There were no physicians writing 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, just think it was normal routine,” the patient said, according to the affidavit.
Investigators likewise spoke with both doctors. The former partner stated he had actually requested that Persson return all of his prescription pads left at business, however could not verify that was done. The 2nd medical professional also said he had actually not offered Persson permission to use his name, signature or DEA number, according to the affidavit.
Persson has actually been totally free on unsecured bail of $50,000 given that Nov. 13, 2018. He will not have any credit for time served under the plea, but will not have to report to the jail up 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 qualified for early release on good time in addition to work release, under the sentence. He should also pay a $200 expense assessment and offer a DNA sample to state cops. His licensure and ability to write prescriptions were not mentioned as part of the plea.
DiRosato noted the sentence was well substandard guidelines of 22 to 36 months for a few of the counts, which would have led to 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 solved.”