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Eastland Man sentenced to 16 year prison term for prescription fraud

EASTLAND, Texas - An Eastland man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to prescription fraud.

William Pitts, 45, was arrested in October 2012 for obtaining and illegally distributing hydrocodone.

Third degree felony fraud typically carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison; however, because of his extensive criminal history, the fraud charge against Pitts was enhanced to a second degree felony carrying a maximum punishment range of 20 years in prison.

Pitts entered into a plea deal Thursday in the 91st District Court and Eastland County Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason sentenced him to 16 years in prison.

"Sixteen years for Mr. Pitts is a good outcome for the citizens of Eastland County," Thomason said. "Anyone who visits multiple physicians and healthcare providers seeking more than normal amounts of drugs such as hydrocodone, should be aware that DPS is consistently monitoring controlled substances that are dispensed by local pharmacies looking for patterns of abuse which would indicate criminal activity. My office will not tolerate the illegal distribution of these substances to our citizens and particularly our young people."  

Alice Pitts, who is married to Pitts, was also arrested and her case is pending trial.

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