Morgantown pharmacist sentenced to 10 years for drug charges

 

Date: January 29, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Scott D. Tingler, a Morgantown, West Virginia pharmacist, was sentenced today to 121 months incarceration for illegally distributing oxycodone.

Tingler pled guilty to one count of "Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances Outside the Bounds of Professional Medical Practice" and one count of "False Tax Return" in May 2019. Tingler admitted to conspiring with others to distribute more than 7,400 grams of oxycodone in Monongalia County and elsewhere from August 2014 to August 2018. Tingler also admitted to filing a false tax return in April 2015, grossly understating his taxable income.

Tingler was ordered to pay $507,942.42 in restitution to the IRS and former employees. A money judgement was also made in the amount of $1,845,000.

As a part of the plea agreement, Tingler agreed to relinquish his pharmacy license and not seek to reinstate the same, and agreed to not seek employment in any position that would require or permit him to handle or dispense controlled substances during any period of incarceration or supervised release.

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigative Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad, the Morgantown Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police BCI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

These charges are the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep. This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in "hot spot" areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby reducing drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths, and identify wholesale distribution networks and sources of supply operating nationally and internationally.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.