Ex-NM nurse practitioner is sentenced in drug case

April 27, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former nurse practitioner in Albuquerque has been sentenced [auth] to nearly four years in federal prison for illegally distributing the prescription drug oxycodone.

Prosecutors say 63-year-old Gloria Vigil was sentenced Friday to a 41-month prison term followed by three years of supervised release.

She was arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in July 2010 and subsequently charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and the unlawful distribution of the painkiller.

She pleaded guilty in the case in May 2011.

Vigil operated a medical office in southwest Albuquerque. Authorities say she wrote fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone for people she never treated and didn’t have any medical provider-patient relationship with her office.

Prosecutors say Vigil sold fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions for up to $250 each and enlisted others to help her distribute the drug.

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