Jeffrey Clawson, pharmacist, among fifteen indicted in alleged Oxycodone ring
Jeffrey Clawson looks like exactly what he was -- a pharmacist. But Colorado Attorney General John Suthers believes he was also something more. Fifteen people have been charged in a three-state Oxycodone ring, and according to an indictment below, Clawson was a key player because of his willingness to fill fake Oxycodone prescriptions -- sometimes for kickbacks, other times not.
The indictment portrays Clawson as a friendly chap when it comes to customer service, albeit one not overly concerned with authorities' efforts to monitor controlled substances. Between April 2010 and October 2011, for instance, a customer named Lisa Teitelbaum (the only person indicted whose photo wasn't provided by Suthers's office) is said to have received Oxycodone from Clawson either without a valid prescription or in a manner known as "early fill" -- meaning he handed over the drugs before being authorized by a script to do so.
Teitelbaum subsequently insisted to investigators that she hadn't needed to forge any prescriptions, because Clawson was so willing to offer her early fills without a script. He allegedly did the same with another patient who is not among those indicted. That man said Clawson not only agreed to early fills on Oxycodone, but would sometimes give him extras for free.
This alleged largesse wasn't the only reason the law zeroed in on Clawson. Confidential informants told the cops he was working with a Sheridan resident named Robin Steinke, accused of being a main source for illicit Oxycodone sales in the area -- and Steinke later claimed she got the stuff from Clawson.
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How did the deal work? She told police that in addition to legitimate scripts she received from the same doctor who treated Teitelbaum, she forged other prescriptions that Clawson would fill. He'd also give her extras without a prescription, and wouldn't subtract the number that he provided to her via early fills.
In addition, she said she paid Clawson $1,000 per week to pass prescriptions not only from her, but from a raft of others. She and her minions would then sell the drugs at inflated prices -- approximately $15 per 30 mg dose. Sales are said to have taken place in Kansas and Oklahoma as well as Colorado.
Clawson's response to these assertions? He's quoted as admitting that he knew the drugs were being sold on the street, but he was "not forceful enough to say to say no to these people."
In total, the indictment lists 43 counts, most of them dealing with possession and distribution of a controlled substance.
Look below to see the indictment, followed by photos of others accused of taking part in the Oxycodone spree.
Laurie Ann Larrew.
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