A doctor from Barrie who forged fake fentanyl prescriptions is heading to prison. Darryl Gebien was sentenced to two years in connection with the forging of prescriptions and trafficking of fentanyl.
Gebien was first arrested in November 2014 and charged with three counts of uttering a forged document, after a pharmacist alerted police to unusual prescriptions. In January 2015, he was arrested for a second time and charged with 65 additional offences. In total, Barrie Police alleged close to 500 fraudulent prescriptions for fentanyl patches were issued by the former emergency room doctor.
Between 33 and 44 of those patches illegally made it onto the streets of Barrie, which is part of the reason why prosecutors were seeking a sentence of eight years behind bars. Mitch Eisen, Gebien’s lawyer, told Global News on Wednesday that he was “very pleased” with the sentence of two years, given the Crown’s call for a lengthier one.
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