11 are indicted in oxycodone conspiracy

Eleven people are charged in federal court in Kansas City with a $1.2 million conspiracy to distribute oxycodone obtained by forged and fraudulent prescriptions, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

The defendants allegedly obtained the Drug Enforcement Administration registration numbers of health care providers to prepare false prescriptions that were then filled at pharmacies in Kansas City and elsewhere in the region. The drugs were then distributed to others.

Nine of the defendants are from Kansas City: Robert G. Joy, also known as “Bear,” 33; Gary D. Dickinson, also known as “James DeJong,” 49; Nicholas Destefano, 37; Katherine E. Beaven, 22; Douglas R. Parker, 56; Michelle C. Newton, 45; Felicita A. San Miguel, also known as “Cassandra Jasso,” “Susan Hernandez” and “Sarah Buckner,” 37; Jermaine C. Brooks, 28; and Timothy D. Kroenke, 26.

Also indicted were Christopher J. Neale, 45, of Harrisonville, and Thomas Poindexter, 41, of Olathe.

The indictment was unsealed Thursday upon the arrest and initial court appearance of Joy, Destefano, Beaven, Parker, Neale and Kroenke.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC