Springfield woman gets prison for running prescription drug ring

A Springfield woman will spend four years in prison for running an alleged drug ring to get Xanax from local pharmacy’s.

Monja Fambro, 38, was sentenced Thursday by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill. She also will serve a nine month sentence for probation violations that will run at the same time as her other sentence.

Fambro originally was charged with more than 40 drug-related counts. She ended up pleading guilty to five counts of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Saunders said she tricked pharmacies into giving her medications.

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“What she was doing was she would get the DEA numbers of local doctors in the Clark County area and call in prescriptions for Xanax,” he said. “She would send someone in to pick up those prescriptions, they would bring back the drugs to her and they would split that. She did admit to all the charges.”

The defense team had sought probation during her sentencing Thursday.

“I’m not going to minimize my activity because I am guilty and I sit here today and say that I was wrong,” she told the judge Thursday. “I’m just not that person anymore. I’m clean. I come and see my probation officer. I am trying, I really am trying. I have five kids and I just want to see my daughter graduate on Saturday.”

She apologized to the state and the doctors she took advantage of.

“That is not who I am today,” Fambro said. “That is who I was a year ago, that’s who I was two years ago, that’s who I was three years ago, but I changed. And I feel like I deserve a chance.”

This wasn’t the first run-in with the law for Fambro, and she told the court she didn’t learn from her mistakes previously. But now would be different.

“I continued my drug use, I continued my criminal behavior,” she said. “I didn’t want to change but I want to change. I want something better for my life and I want something better for my children. I’m sorry.”

Saunders said it’s important to make sure no one steals medication in Clark County.

“Xanax is not heroine, Xanax is not cocaine, but Xanax is a schedule four, highly addictive drug that really has an abusive power to it,” he said.

It can stop people from thinking clearly, Saunders said, and that can lead to dangerous situations.


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