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56 Government employees arrested in Florida drug ring.


From CNN.com

Photo Right: The “recruiters” in the massive government employee trade trade.

Fifty-six government employees — including a police officer, a felony court clerk, two corrections officers and 27 school bus drivers and attendants — were arrested in a scam that used health insurance information to fraudulently obtain prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin, authorities said Wednesday.

Sixty-two people were arrested in total and all face charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft, according to the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.

Authorities estimate 130 medically unnecessary prescriptions for OxyContin — more than 12,000 tablets — were presented to pharmacies. The drugs have an estimated street value of $400,000, prosecutors said.

OxyContin is a popular painkiller, delivering an instant “high” when it is crushed or dissolved and ingested.

The scam began in January 2003, when six “recruiters” enlisted a group of people, most of them employees of local government, to participate in the ring, according to prosecutors.

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Photo Right: Police office charged as being part of the drug ring.

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Government employees, including 17 bus drivers, used lucrative taxpayer funded health benefits to obtain the drugs.