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January 9, 2013

Danville man sentenced for prescription fraud

BRENTWOOD — A Danville man will spend a year behind bars following his conviction on numerous drug charges, including 12 for prescription fraud.

Paul Vennochi, 38, was sentenced Monday by Rockingham County Superior Court N. William Delker as part of a plea bargain.

He will serve his sentence in the county jail and be placed on probation for two years following his release, according to County Attorney James Reams.

Vennochi will not be allowed to visit the two pharmacies in Kingston and Plaistow where he forged prescriptions to acquire oxycodone.

The incidents occurred between April and November 2011. He also must participate in counseling, treatment and educational programs.

If convicted at trial, Vennochi faced three and a half to seven years in state prison on each charge.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug.

Vennochi was arrested by the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics and Investigations Unit in March 2012 while hospitalized at Catholic Medical Center Hospital in Manchester.

Investigators had received a tip he was receiving treatment for a medical condition and moved in to make the arrest.

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