A Washington, DC, man who presented a fraudulent prescription at a South Riding pharmacy was sentenced to four years in state prison. It’s a sentence Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman hopes will send a message to those trafficking opioids.
Anthony Maurice Wigglesworth, 52, pleaded guilty in March to one count of prescription fraud and one count of possession of schedule I or II controlled substance.
The charges stem from an Oct. 4, 2017, incident in which Wigglesworth entered a CVS pharmacy and presented a prescription for 90 tablets of Oxycodone under a fraudulent name. Wigglesworth presented his own Virginia operator’s license which was scanned and recorded by the pharmacist on duty.
A Loudoun Sheriff’s Office detective was called to the store on Dec. 13, 2017, to investigate a prescription fraud complaint. The pharmacist provided the original prescription presented by Wigglesworth, CVS surveillance video and Wigglesworth’s operator’s license information. The prescribing doctor confirmed that he did not write the prescription presented by Wigglesworth.
Wigglesworth’s prior criminal record includes convictions for robbery, uttering, possession of cocaine, hit and run, possession of Oxycodone, identity theft, petit larceny, and multiple prior prescription frauds over the past three decades.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan W. Perry asked Circuit Court Judge J. Howe Brown Jr. to impose a high prison sentence. “He was last convicted of this same crime in 2015. He committed it again in 2017. This shows he doesn’t learn and he isn’t interested in changing his ways,” Perry said.
Brown’s four-year sentence was the mid-point of the Virginia Sentencing Guidelines recommendation. The judge also imposed 16 years of suspended time, placed Wigglesworth on indefinite supervised probation, and suspended his driver’s license for six months.
“Although charged with prescription fraud, this case is far more than that. This is but one facet of the problem that has continued to feed the opioid epidemic nationwide,” Plowman stated. “Hopefully, sentences such as this will deter others from seeking to profit at the expense of the community’s health.”