MANATEE -- Four men from Bradenton and Sarasota have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a fraudulent oxycodone prescription scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge Hames Whittemore in Tampa on Monday sentenced Jeffrey Kenney, 30, to 10 years in prison. Last week, Whittemore had sentenced three other defendants: Joseph Kenney, 30, of Sarasota to seven years in prison; Benjamin Stansbury, 21, of Bradenton, to five years; and Christian Coggin, 31, of Sarasota to three years, according to a news release. The Kenneys are brothers.
All four had earlier pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.
Court documents show that from at least 2008 to August 2010, the defendnant used fraudulent and counterfeit prescriptions to obtain oxycodone.
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"Throughout the conspiracy, Joseph Kenney, Jeffrey Kenney and Benjamin Stansbury, together and separately, produced fake prescriptions on computers and then filled the fraudulent prescriptions, or caused them to be filled by others, including Christian Coggin,at various pharmacies throughout the Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties," the release states. "After filling the prescriptions, Coggin and others would return a portion of the pills to the Kenney brothers and Benjamin Stansbury and keep the rest for resale or use."
Investigators said they believe the scheme helped the defendants acquire some 30,000 pills.