The owner and operator of GenPharm Pharmacy in Desoto, Texas, pled guilty for her role in a joint effort to illicitly distribute opiods for profit.
Pharmacist Ndufola Kigham is the fourth defendant to plead guilty to two counts of misprision of a felony in the Dallas-area “pill mill” scandal, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The 45-year-old Arlington native faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in federal prison on each of the two counts.
The other defendants consist of a medical clinic owner, Muhammad Faridi; another pharmacist, Kumi Frimpong; and an osteopathic physician, Dr. Richard Andrews.
The guilty plea implies Kigham filled prescriptions for 30mg oxycodone written for multiple individuals and dispensed the drugs to a single individual whose name did not match the name on the prescription.
“As part of the conspiracy, individuals, often homeless or of limited means, were recruited and paid to pose as patients at medical clinics … to obtain prescriptions [and] to fill those prescriptions at designated pharmacies,” the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a release.
Kingham’s plea agreement states she will pay a $9,500 fine prior to sentencing. She will remain on bond pending sentencing, which is set for May 26, 2017.