Aug 17 2013

Watertown cop who stole ID to get prescription drugs pleads guilty

Dr. Q reports:

A retired Watertown police officer faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after he pleaded guilty today in federal court to stealing an ID while on the force and using it to get oxycodone and other prescription drugs, according to United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office.

Joseph Deignan, 58, of Framingham was convicted today at his plea hearing of unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud and fraud in connection with identification documents, according to a statement from Ortiz’s office. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock set Deignan’s sentencing for 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

Federal authorities said that before Deignan retired from the police force in February 2012, he stole a driver’s license from an individual while working as a traffic supervisor for the Watertown Police Department in 2010 and used it to forge prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs in the victim’s name.

Deignan forged over 100 prescriptions using various doctors’ information since May 2010, and used the stolen ID to fill the scripts, authorities said.

According to an affidavit obtained from the US Attorney’s office in March, Deignan traveled to at least three different CVS pharmacies to fill the prescriptions, including ones located in Framingham and Marlborough.

According to the affidavit, a Framingham CVS pharmacist alerted the authorities of possible prescription fraud in November. Deignan was arrested in early December at a CVS pharmacy in Marlborough after employees were informed of the situation by police, according to the affidavit.

When he was arrested, Deignan allegedly told Marlborough officers that he was addicted to pain medication, and had been for some time, according to the affidavit.

Jun 12 2013

Watertown police officer pleads guilty to tipping off drug suspect

Dr. Q

A former Watertown police officer plead guilty to conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation and making a false statement. The officer had alerted a suspected drug dealer about a federal investigation (Source:

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A former Watertown police officer pleaded guilty last week in federal court to tipping off a suspected drug dealer to a federal investigation and providing him sensitive information, including the home addresses of two fellow officers.

Roberto Velasquez-Johnson, 45, could face up to five years in prison for one count of conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation and one count of making a false statement, prosecutors said.

He was among 20 people caught up in a federal probe in 2011 of an organized drug operation that spanned from Canada to California with a hub in Watertown.

Relying on extensive wiretaps, federal investigators alleged that Safwan “Sammy” Madarati, a Watertown resident and the operation’s ringleader, conspired, along with his associates, to distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone.