A U.S. District judge yesterday sentenced a College Park woman to 15 to 45 months in prison and fined her $2,000 for her role in a four-year scheme in which she purchased thousands of phony prescriptions from a now deceased doctor and then wholesaled the drugs she obtained.
The woman, Darlene Jenkins Bronz, 35, pleaded guilty in April before Judge Joyce Hens Green to one count of making false statements to the grand jury investigating the case, and one count of conspiracy to obtain and distribute a controlled substance obtained by fraud.
According to court papers, Bronz paid the doctor $15 for two prescriptions under one "patient name," usually for biphetamines, a stimulant, and Quaalude, a depressant.
According to the government's investigation, Bronz obtained more than 80,000 pills through the prescriptions over a four-year period. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates the pills would sell for about $2 each.
The doctor, cardiologist Isidore Shulman, 72, was not charged in the case, prosecutors said, because he was suffering from terminal cancer and would be unable to defend himself in court. Before Shulman's death last spring, his attorney contended that Shulman could demonstrate that he had no knowledge that Bronz was selling drugs she obtained by presciption.