Ex-Maryland pharmacist gets 40 months for trading drugs for sex

A former Maryland pharmacist was sentenced Monday to 40 months in jail for filling fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for sexual favors, the The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Richard Daniel Hiller, 64, of Owings Mills, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000, the newspaper reported. He pleaded guilty in August.

According to a release from the Maryland U.S. attorney's office, Hiller filled the prescriptions between January 2014 and February 2017 for several women while he was a licensed pharmacist in Towson. Prosecutors said Hiller distributed about 20,500 15-milligram oxycodone pills to the women, who would resell many of them, the Sun reported. Hiller would use fake names and the names of family members, or allow the women to refill the prescriptions before the required 30-day window had passed, the newspaper reported.

On several occasions, Hiller directed two of the women to come to the pharmacy where he worked before the business opened, WJZ reported.

Hiller would have sex with them or perform other sexual acts in the back area of the pharmacy before filling the prescriptions, the television station reported, citing court documents. Hiller also gave oxycodone to a third woman without a valid prescription in exchange for her sending him nude and sexual videos of herself, WJZ reported. He also attempted to grope and kiss her, the television station reported.

When the third woman rejected Hiller’s advances, he called her other doctors and told them she was fraudulently obtaining prescriptions from them, according to the release from the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office.

“Hiller abused his position of trust and exploited women who were addicted to oxycodone to obtain sexual favors. Those who divert pharmaceutical drugs for illegal purposes further the tragic cycle of addiction and the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said.

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