Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Jacquelyn DeVito (40, Brandon) to 24 months in federal prison for unlawful drug distribution and for acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation. DeVito also relinquished her Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner licenses to the State of Florida Board of Nursing and agreed never to reapply for a Drug Enforcement Administration registration number. DeVito had pleaded guilty on December 9, 2022.
According to court documents, between March 2020 and June 2022, DeVito worked as nurse at an urgent care medical office. During this employment, she offered patients separate home health services through her privately-owned company, Bee Home Medical LLC. DeVito used Bee Home Medical patients’ names and dates of birth to prescribe oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, without their knowledge or consent and issued those prescriptions to local retail pharmacies. When the prescriptions were filled and ready to be picked up, DeVito went to the pharmacies and acquired the controlled substances by falsely stating that she was the victim patients’ caregiver and was picking up the controlled substances on their behalf. In this manner, DeVito prescribed and acquired more than 2,900 oxycodone pills. Many of the victim patients had no knowledge that DeVito had issued the prescriptions in their names and confirmed that there was no legitimate need for them to receive the medication.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (Tampa District Office) and the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. The Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit was created by the Department of Justice to help combat the devastating opioid crisis. The Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit focuses specifically on opioid-related health care fraud, using data to identify and prosecute individuals contributing to the prescription opioid epidemic. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Pizzo.