Two men accused of stealing identities to illegally obtain prescription drugs

Two men were arraigned Monday on charges of allegedly stealing dozens of identities and using them to illegally obtain prescription drugs, officials said.

John Tropea, 57, of Franklin and Keith Huguenin, 33, of Woonsocket, R.I., were charged with conspiracy, identity fraud, and obtaining drugs by fraud, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, which is prosecuting the two men.

Both men appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday where they pleaded not guilty to all charges. They were released on their own recognizance, the statement said.

Authorities allege that Tropea and Huguenin conspired to steal the identities of dozens of individuals throughout the state from May 2009 to October 2009.


Tropea, with help from Hugeunin, allegedly wrote prescriptions on a prescription pad he stole during a previous doctor’s visit.

Tropea would fill prescriptions for drugs such as hydrocodone at various pharmacies, using stolen health insurance information to pay for them, the statement alleges.

Both men were previously arraigned on related charges in Plymouth and Suffolk counties.

Tropea and Huguenin will be back in court on Nov. 3 for a pre-trial conference, officials said.


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