Florida man clones doctors’ phones to sell Oxycodone in major drug scheme

May 20, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
The Eastern District of New York courthouse where Devin Anthony Magarian was indicted for orchestrating a scheme to clone doctors' phones and illegally distribute oxycodone. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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A federal indictment unsealed on Thursday charged Devin Anthony Magarian, 21, with orchestrating a complex scheme to commandeer physicians’ e-prescribing privileges, allowing him to illegally obtain and distribute oxycodone and other controlled substances. The charges against Magarian include conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Magarian’s alleged activities, spanning from December 2022 to March 2024, involved hijacking the e-prescribing credentials of doctors nationwide, issuing thousands of fraudulent prescriptions, and diverting these drugs into the illicit market.

“As alleged, Magarian led the conspiracy to pirate the digital prescription pads of physicians, putting thousands of lives at risk through this illicit diversion scheme,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace. “This office will continue doing its part to find and hold responsible individuals at all levels who, motivated by greed, perpetuate the opioid and prescription drug epidemic with careless disregard for the safety of the communities in this district and nationwide.”

According to the indictment, Magarian and his associates cloned the SIM cards of doctors’ cellphones to gain access to their e-prescribing credentials. They then used automated “bots” to generate thousands of fake prescriptions, sending them to pharmacies where accomplices would collect the drugs for resale. Magarian advertised these illicitly obtained drugs on social media and profited between $75,000 and $250,000 per month, with payments primarily made via cryptocurrency.

The investigation, aided by the New York State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, uncovered dozens of medical practitioners whose e-prescribing accounts were compromised in this scheme.

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