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.