August 16, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

Cash Rich but Oxy Poor, Connecticut Man “Breaks Bad” to get Oxy

Prime location of Fairfield Connecticut waterfront estate owned by man accused of forging prescription for Oxycontin and Ritalin (an ADHD drug)

The local news paper headline read “Owner of Most Expensive Home in Fairfield Arrested“. The New York Times picked up the story, because the perp was a former Lehman Brothers executive. A website called “Dumbass” covered it as well.

It’s a clear case of Breaking Bad, due to drugs and likely drug addiction.

From the local paper:

"An owner of the most expensive house in Fairfield was arrested Friday on charges he tried to illegally obtain Oxycontin and Ritalin from a CVS pharmacy"
- Fairfield Patch

The perpetrator allegedly forged a script for Oxycontin (a brand of hydrocodone, an addictive pain killer) and Ritalin (a treatment for ADHD), submitted it to the pharmacy in person, and was told it would take some time to fill. He left.

He came back later, but the pharmacy had detected the photocopied fake prescription and was stalling. He got nervous and left without any pain killers.  The CVS pharmacy employees  wrote down his license number and reported him to the local police.

The papers talk up the fact that he was a wealthy executive:

"The Jacks’ house on Sasco Hill Road was assessed in the recent townwide revaluation at $24.2 million, an increase of $1 million over the prior assessment of $23.2 million. The new assessment gives the Jacks’ house a market value of $34.6 million"
- Fairfield Patch

but the truth is more realistic. It sounds like a typical pain killer addiction cycle.

While he had once been a top Lehman Brothers executive (Chief of Investment Banking, according to the NY Times), he left that job with one of those to-spend-more-time-with-family excuses several years ago. On paper he co-owns that $34 million dollar house, but he is reportedly now divorced, and his wife is living in that mansion without him. At the time of this forgery incident, he was living in much more modest Westport. These clues all support a life of substance addiction gone bad.

According to follow up reports on the case (see links below), he had a valid prescription for the Oxycontin and Ritalin, although he admitted to forging this prescription.

"Robert Golger, Mr. Jack’s lawyer, said his client initially had a prescription for the drugs but wouldn’t elaborate on why he tried to pass off a fake prescription."
- NY Times

Bllomberg reported the specific charges he faced:

He is charged with second-degree forgery and attempting to obtain a controlled substance through forgery or alteration of a prescription or a written order. The forgery charge, the more serious, is punishable by as much as five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Bloomberg

Working with his lawyers,  Mr. Jack  agreed to enter an accelerated rehabilitation program (known as “AR”) which can last up to two years.

With no prior arrests, no previous “pretrial diversions” like AR,  and a commitment to rehab, even a felony charge like this pain killer prescription forgery can be dropped. If some time passes without further incident, he could be free of any charges.  While prescription forgery is a felony, it is considered a minor one if an isolated incident of “breaking bad”.

Numerous local citizens praised Mr. Jack in Internet comments, citing his local charity work and generally positive contributions to the local community.

References:

  • http://fairfield.patch.com/articles/owner-of-most-expensive-home-in-fairfield-arrested
  • http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/former-top-lehman-banker-arrested/
  • http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/former-top-lehman-banker-agrees-to-enter-rehab/

 

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