Morgantown pharmacist pleads guilty to federal charges; agrees to pay nearly $2 million

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A Morgantown pharmacist admitted in federal court to drug charges.

Scott Tingler, 40, has admitted to illegally distributing oxycodone, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Tingler pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice and one count of false tax return.  Tingler admitted to conspiring with other people 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, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tingler has agreed to relinquish his pharmacy license and not seek to reinstate the same, and he agrees 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 probation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tingler has agreed to pay 28 percent of his unreported gross income from tax years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  He has also agreed to forfeit any property or proceeds from the drug offense in the amount of $1.845 million, as well as a 2016 GMC Sierra 3500HD truck, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tingler faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for the drug count and up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the tax count.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad; the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigative Division; the Morgantown Police Department; and the West Virginia State Police BCI investigated.

These charges are the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge/Special Operations Division 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.

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