FRONT ROYAL — A local woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday as part of a plea agreement to being the courier in a fraudulent prescription drug scheme.
The prosecution, in accordance with the plea agreement, dropped one of the prescription fraud charges against Kassie Ann Burke. Burke pleaded guilty to four other prescription fraud charges for her involvement in the scheme. Burke would pick up prescriptions from her co-defendant, Kimberly Ann Isner, at the medical office where Isner worked in Fauquier County.
Burke, who was working as a postal carrier, would get the prescriptions filled at a Front Royal pharmacy and bring the drugs back to Isner. Isner pleaded no contest Sept. 19 to charges from the incidents. She is serving three years of a 16-year prison sentence.
Burke will complete one year of supervised probation and, if successfully completed, the four felony prescription fraud charges will be reduced to misdemeanors. Her attorney, Ryan Nuzzo, noted that Burke did not profit from her arrangement with Isner, and was only participating as a favor for a friend.
Circuit Judge James Lane repeatedly encouraged Burke to take advantage of the opportunity she has been given through the plea agreement. Burke’s case will be reviewed on Oct. 1, 2018 to see if she has been in compliance with the terms of the agreement.