Towson pharmacist sentenced to 40 months for trading pain pills for sex

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A former Baltimore County pharmacist will be spending at least a couple years in prison after admitting to filling out forged prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for sexual favors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland announced today that Owings Mills resident Richard Daniel Hiller has accepted a plea deal to be sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for distributing oxycodone and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Hiller pleaded guilty to the charges in August. He was facing up to 20 years in prison.

According to a release, Hiller admitted to filling fraudulent prescriptions from several women from January 2014 to February 2017. A licensed pharmacist, Hiller would let two women come by the Towson pharmacy where he worked before it opened. Then, they’d have sex or engage in “sexual acts” in the pharmacy’s back area. Afterward, he’d fill their ‘scripts.

With a third woman, the release said, Hiller would exchange pills for nude photos and sexual videos, and permission to grope and kiss her. But after an instance where she rejected one of Hiller’s advances, according to his plea agreement, he called both of the doctors whose prescriptions she had been forging and told them she was fraudulently using their names.

In all, prosecutors said, Hiller supplied more than 20,500 pills of oxycodone, many of which the women resold. At some points, he would fill multiple prescriptions within an allowed 30-day window at times, and knew well that all of them were fraudulent.

In addition to his 40-month sentence, a judge ordered Hiller to pay a $15,000 fine, and the State Board of Pharmacy has suspended his pharmacy license.

The order from the state board indicates he had been registered in Maryland since July of 1986. A LinkedIn page for a Richard Hiller indicates he worked at Hillendale Pharmacy, located in the Hillendale Shopping Center off of Loch Raven Boulevard.

State business records show the business’ license is still active. However, Google registers it as “permanently closed,” and a phone line for the business is disconnected.

The widespread problem of opioid addiction has driven an eight-year rise in overdose deaths in Maryland, state heath department figures show. The number of prescription opioid-related overdose deaths has dropped slightly as fentanyl has assumed a larger role in the epidemic. Still, pain pills were tied to nearly 200 deaths in the first six months of this year alone, according to the latest available data.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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