Jesse Kaplan, 31, formerly of Naugatuck, was sentenced on Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally obtaining and distributing prescription narcotics.
The sentencing was announced on Tuesday by Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2012, the
Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation into the filling of
fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone at pharmacies in Connecticut and New
York through the use of fraudulent identifications. The investigation
revealed that Kaplan and a co-defendant traveled to pharmacies together and
used multiple aliases to fraudulently fill prescriptions for oxycodone and
hydromorphone. They then pooled, traded or shared their pills for further
On August 8, 2013, Kaplan was arrested by Naugatuck Police as a result of
his alleged participation in a home invasion in Torrington. The incident
followed an attempted sale of 60 oxycodone 30mg pills in exchange for
$1,000 at the residence. According to pharmaceutical records and video
surveillance, just hours before this attempted drug transaction, Kaplan
filled a prescription at a pharmacy under the alias “Sean Mullin” for 60
oxycodone 30mg pills.
When Naugatuck police officers arrested Kaplan, they
located seven New York State driver’s licenses, all depicting Kaplan’s
photo with different identifying information.
Kaplan was arrested on federal charges on December 20, 2013. On August 12,
2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to
possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s
Diversion Squad and the Greenwich and Naugatuck Police Departments. The
case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa Richards.