6th person accused in Fayette-Westmoreland drug acquisition scheme
State police in Greensburg have arrested a sixth person in connection with an illegal drug-acquisition operation which operated from 2015-16 in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
Brooke N. Cross, 27, of Largo, Fla, formerly of South Huntingdon, was arraigned Thursday on charges of illegal acquisition of a controlled substance, participating in a corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, forgery and identity theft in connection with the scheme troopers allege was run by the former office manager of Greensburg physician Nabil Jabbour.
On Wednesday, troopers arrested Jabbour’s former office manager, Sabrina D. Thomas, 27, of Fairbank, Fayette County, and four Westmoreland County residents who allegedly permitted their identities to be used by Thomas and Cross in the alleged scheme.
Trooper Christopher Cole alleges in an affidavit filed before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour that Thomas and Cross, a former patient of Jabbour, spearheaded the operation.
Police allege Cross recruited four others charged in the conspiracy: Rhonda D. Anthony, 42, Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, and Adam L. Fincik, 35, all of West Newton; and Rebecca R. Carwithen, 24, of Monessen.
Thomas and Cross would allegedly use Jabbour’s personal identifying information and DEA number to call in fraudulent Suboxone prescriptions using the residents’ personal information, even though they were never his patients, according to court documents filed by Cole.
Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction.
Anthony, Carwithen, Fincik and Keys are accused of going to various pharmacies in the region to obtain the prescriptions.
The participants told Cole that sometimes they would split the money with Thomas or keep the pills for themselves.
All of the participants were released by Mansour on unsecured bond pending preliminary hearings May 24.
Cross could not be reached for comment and did not have an attorney listed in court documents.
The case will be prosecuted by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office, according to court documents.
Jabbour was indicted last year in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh for illegal distribution of Suboxone and money laundering.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, email@example.com or via Twitter .