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A Hopkinton man accused of forging prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone and alprazolam pills pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to one count of count of possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute.

The man, Eric Tingley, 43, was arrested in July 2018. He subsequently moved from Lebanon to Hopkinton. He was released on bond pending a sentencing hearing on Jan. 9, 2020. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

According to court records, Tingley, a licensed pharmacist, worked in Norwich when the forgeries occurred. Between October 2016 and July 2017, federal officials said, he forged approximately 183 prescriptions for oxycodone and approximately 26 prescriptions for alprazolam (the sedative Xanax), and filled the prescriptions at the pharmacy where he worked.

Through the forged prescriptions, Tingley obtained more than 35,000 oxycodone tablets and more than 2,000 alprazolam tablets, according to court documents

— Jason Vallee

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