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TWO CHARGED IN MEDICAL AND PHARMACY SCAM

 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam Billbrough, special agent- in-charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); James West, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; and Ernie Preate, attorney general for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the arrest of a Lackawanna County doctor and a Luzerne County pharmacist.
 These two individuals were writing and filling prescriptions for controlled substances outside the course of accepted medical and pharmaceutical practice.
 Charged in the 10-count indictment which was returned by the grand jury of the middle district of Pennsylvania were:
 -- J. Donald Reiff, date of birth 06/20/40, Crest Drive, Lake Harmon, Split Rock, Pa.
 -- Walter F. Stull Jr., M.D., date of birth 11/23/26, 1214 N. Ulster St., Allentown, Pa.
 Reiff, the pharmacist, was arrested this morning in Scranton, Pa.
 According to the indictment, the one and one-half year investigation which led to the indictment disclosed the relationship between Stull and Reiff. The indictment alleges that while operating outside the course of accepted medical and pharmaceutical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, the two men worked together to service a group of individuals in the Scranton and Allentown areas. These individuals, mostly from Scranton, would drive to Allentown several times a week to obtain prescriptions from Stull and return to Scranton to have the prescriptions filled by the Reiff pharmacy. The most commonly distributed drugs were: Dilaudid, Percodan, Percocet, Tussionex Suspension and Diazepam.
 Together, the two men made profits of approximately $323,326.52. Stull and Reiff required cash payments for prescriptions. Reiff overrode the computer pricing software scheme at Reiff Pharmacy and charged a higher price for prescriptions which were written by Stull for popular "street" drugs. During this time, Reiff and Stull had numerous telephone conversations. The building in which Reiff pharmacy was located was seized by DEA in May 1992 and has a value of approximately $85,000.
 The 10th count of the indictment is a forfeiture count which seeks all proceeds from the illegal activities.
 The two individuals are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to dispense and distribute outside the course of accepted pharmaceutical and medical practice.
 The maximum possible sentence is 10 years to life with fines up to $36 million.
 This case will be prosecuted in the middle district of Pennsylvania by Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. McCann.
 Reiff will be arraigned in Scranton this afternoon in front of Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt.
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 /CONTACT: William J. Green Jr. of the Drug Enforcement Administration, 215-597-0559/


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