This medical office manager sold oxycodone prescriptions in Virginia Beach

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A local woman was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $34,500 forfeiture judgment for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

According to court documents, Jessica L. Schemetti, 34, was working at a medical practice in Virginia Beach. In December 2016, Schemetti began forging prescriptions and by March 2017 she was selling those forged prescriptions to another Virginia Beach drug dealer for $500 per prescription, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The drug dealer supplied Schemetti with names to use on the prescriptions. By August 2017, the doctor became aware of Schemetti’s forgeries, but was dishonest with law enforcement when confronted in order to cover for Schemetti.

The doctor, Jim-David Gaglione, was also prosecuted. Schemetti continued to write these prescriptions in exchange for payment into early 2018. In all, Schemetti wrote prescriptions for more than 5,000 oxycodone pills, more than 4,000 amphetamine pills, and more than 500 Xanax pills, federal prosecutors said.

Gaglione, pleaded guilty to distribution of amphetamine and was sentenced to two-and-half years in prison in November 2018.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.