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Former Watertown cop sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing ID to get prescription drugs

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 15, 2013 05:52 PM

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A former Watertown police officer will serve 90 days in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally getting prescription drugs with another person's driver's license which he obtained while serving as a traffic supervisor.

Joseph Deignan, 58, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to stealing an ID while on the force, and using it to obtain oxycodone and other prescription drugs, according to the office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz. He was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud, and fraud in connection with identification documents, the prosecutor’s office said.

He was sentenced Friday by US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock.

Federal authorities said that Deignan, who retired from the force in February 2012, had stolen a driver’s license while working as a traffic supervisor in 2010 and used it to obtain forged prescriptions.

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