Walter Reed doctor sentenced for oxycodone possession

A federal judge sentenced an Army doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday to a year and a day in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of the painkiller with intent to distribute.

Capt. Joffre Erwin Robalino, 43, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to the charges in March, according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Robalino was accused of writing 16 prescriptions in the names of his wife and his mother from March through May last year for a total of 3,525 oxycodone tablets, according to a release from Rosenstein's office. The prescriptions were filled at 11 pharmacies and paid by TriCare, the military health insurance plan.

The Drug Enforcement Administration developed two sources who dealt drugs with Robalino, according to the release. One source said he purchased 1,500 oxycodone tablets from Robalino for between $10 and $12 per pill. One of his purchases was monitored and recorded by law enforcement.

The second source said Robalino wrote prescriptions in the source's name, according to the release. The source then sold the pills obtained from that prescription and split the proceeds with Robalino.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Robalino to a year and a day in prison followed by a year of home confinement as part of three years of supervised release. Bennett also ordered Robalino to pay restitution of $6,171 and to perform 300 hours of community service.

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