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Sixth person accused in Fayette-Westmoreland drug acquisition scheme

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State police in Greensburg have arrested a sixth person in connection with an illegal drug-acquisition operation headed by the former office manager of a Greensburg physician which operated between 2015-2016 in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

Brooke N. Cross, 27, of Largo, Fla, formerly of South Huntingdon Township, was arraigned Thursday on charges of illegal acquisition of a controlled substance, participating in a corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, forgery and identity theft, in connection with the scheme troopers allege ran out of the office of Greensburg physician Dr. Nabil Jabbour.

Jabbour was indicted last year in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh for illegal distribution of Suboxone and money laundering.

On Wednesday, troopers arrested Jabbour’s former office manager, Sabrina D. Thomas, 27, of Fairbank, Fayette County, and four Westmoreland County residents who allegedly permitted their identities to be used by Thomas and Cross in the alleged drug acquisition scheme.

Trooper Christopher Cole alleges in an affidavit of probable cause filed before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour that Thomas and Cross, a former patient of Jabbour, spearheaded the illegal organization.

Police allege Cross recruited four others charged in the conspiracy, Rhonda D. Anthony, 42, Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, and Adam L. Fincik, 35, all of West Newton; and Rebecca R. Carwithen, 24, of Monessen.

Thomas and Cross would allegedly use Jabbour’s personal identifying information and DEA number to call in fraudulent Suboxone prescriptions using the residents’ personal information, even though they were never patients of Jabbour, according to court documents filed by Cole.

Anthony, Carwithen, Fincik and Keys are accused of going to various pharmacies in the region to obtain the prescriptions, Cole alleges. Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction.

The participants told Cole that sometimes they would split the money with Thomas or keep the pills for themselves.

All of the participants were released by Mansour on unsecured bond pending preliminary hearings May 24.

Cross could not be reached for comment and did not have an attorney listed in court documents.

The case will be prosecuted by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office, according to court documents.