Feds: Ohio group forged pain pill prescriptions

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A Cleveland man and six others have been indicted in what federal investigators say was a scam that obtained pain medications with forged prescriptions and resold them on the street for up to $35 a pill.

An indictment returned Tuesday also says the suspected ringleader used other people's identities to have Ohio Medicaid billed for more than $20,000 of the drugs.

The suspects are in federal custody charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. The alleged ringleader and two others also faces charges of health care fraud, and the ringleader is charged with aggravated identity theft.

Investigators call the criminal dealing of prescription drugs an epidemic. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach says "Instead of dealers shipping in drugs from South America, we now have people forging prescriptions."