WARREN - The second of two Masury men was sentenced Thursday to seven years behind bars on charges of engaging in a drug enterprise that involved forging prescriptions for painkillers on a computer.
John Wayne Mullins, 43, of Thomas Street, told Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice that he was unable to make a court date last week because he was hospitalized.
Mullins was found guilty on charges of drug trafficking, a second-degree felony, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony. He also was fined $20,000.
Another Masury man, Tom Guzan, 27, of Connelly Road, was handed a seven-year sentence in May 2011 after pleading guilty to similar charges that triggered a probation violation. Guzan also was found guilty of possessing criminal tools.
Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow called the convictions one of the first for the first-degree felony charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Morrow said the criminal tools were computer equipment and the drugs amounted to 120 Oxycodone pills, 30 milligrams each, that Guzan was caught with following an investigation by Girard police and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
He credited retired Girard Capt. Frank Bigowski and retired investigator George Pavlich, with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, with breaking the case.
Indictments spell out how Mullins and Guzan worked together with other unnamed conspirators to pass off the prescriptions, sometimes for Oxycodone and other times for methadone or hydrocodone.
The indictments on both men said the scheme ran from January 2010 to October 2010.
''They would produce the fake scripts using the names of legitimate doctors,'' Morrow said. ''They passed the scripts on 40 occasions at drug stores in Trumbull County after printing them out on the computer.''