Two Medical Office Workers Sentenced for Drug Distribution

 by TWIW StaffOctober 25, 2021

WORCESTER - A federal court judge in Worcester sentenced two former employees of a medical practice to prison on Friday, October 22, for a conspiracy using a medical practice to distribute Adderall.

Leslie Caraceni M.D. hired both Rene Ruliera, 54, of Southborough, and Meghan Giacomuzzi, 39, of Whitinsville, to work at a medical practice with locations in Framingham and Whitinsville.

According to federal prosecutors, Caraceni provided Ruliera and Giacomuzzi with blank prescription pads and explained how to fill out prescriptions for sale. Electronic communications between Caraceni, Ruliera and Giacomuzzi documented Caraceni’s knowledge of the prescriptions written by Ruliera and Giacomuzzi, the number of office visitors seen in her absence and the profits resulting from their sale of prescriptions to those visitors.

Office visitors met with either Ruliera or Giacomuzzi, discussed their desired prescription, paid for their office visit and left with a signed prescription for Adderall. Office visits lasted just minutes and each such visit cost approximately $200, payable in cash or through a credit card or debit card. Caraceni collected the cash from the office or received funds through deposits to her bank account.

Between November 2015 and July 2018, records from the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program show that well over 1,500 prescriptions for Adderall—amounting to over 110,000 pills—were filled in Massachusetts based on Caraceni’s prescriptions.

A judge sentenced Caraceni to seven years in prison on January 15 after she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Adderall and three counts of distributing and dispensing Adderall.

Ruliera pleaded guilty in August 2019 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Adderall and six counts of distributing and dispensing Adderall. On Friday, the judge sentenced Ruliera to two years in prison.

Giacomuzzi pleaded guilty in February 2019 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Adderall and six counts of distributing and dispensing Adderall. The judge sentenced Giacomuzzi to one year and one day in prison.

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