VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A dentist from Virginia Beach has been sentenced to 8 years and six months in prison for an opioid fraud scheme that went on from 2014 to 2018.
According to court documents, 48-year-old Gary Hartman was part of an elaborate scheme to prescribe opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone pills for his personal use and the use of his co-conspirators.
The types of people that Hartman would prescribe pills to included, close friends from high school, other dentist and low-income community members.
Court documents say he would offer free dental work to those impoverished in exchange for the service of filling prescriptions of oxycodone pills written by Hartman and bringing the pills back to Hartman for his personal use.
This conspiracy involved 766 prescriptions written for non-medical reasons and almost 40,000 oxycodone pills.
On May 9, 2018, Hartman pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone pills without a legitimate medical purpose.