A Valley Stream, N.Y. man has been arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for using a doctor’s prescription pad to obtain more than 13,000 oxycodone and morphine pills over the course of nine months.
James Cosentino, 27, was arrested Friday, Nov. 13, and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, said Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan of the DEA’s New York Division and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
“This is a great example of medical practitioners helping law enforcement stop the diversion of prescription pain medication. By alerting us of the forged prescriptions, we were able to fully investigate and stop the defendant in his tracks, hopefully saving himself and others in the process,” Donovan said.
DA Singas said that Cosentino allegedly got the prescription pad from his former doctor. From December 2019 to September 2020, Cosentino used the prescription pad to present forged prescriptions for oxycodone and morphine for himself. He then presented the forged prescription to a Nassau County-based pharmacy. At least once during that time, Cosentino allegedly called the pharmacy claiming to be the doctor.
Cosentino allegedly acquired 11,580 oxycodone pills and 2,820 morphine pills over the course of the nine months in question. He surrendered to law enforcement officers at the District Attorney’s office on Friday.
If convicted of just the criminal possession charge, he faces a maximum of nine years in prison.