James Williamson a.k.a. “Tank,” 49, of Sicklerville, pleaded guilty to second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance before Superior Court Judge Michael J. Kassel in Camden County. The charge was contained in an Aug. 29, 2013 state grand jury indictment.
Judge Kassel scheduled sentencing for March 14. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Williamson be sentenced to seven years in state prison with 30 months of parole ineligibility.
In pleading guilty, Williamson admitted that between Oct. 17, 2012 and Jan. 3, 2013, he sold oxycodone to an undercover investigator. An investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Williamson sold more than an ounce of Percocet pills to an undercover investigator over the course of three transactions at a restaurant in Camden. Williamson was arrested on Feb. 28, 2013.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi noted that this undercover operation was part of a larger investigation into doctors and pharmacies suspected to be involved in drug diversion through Medicaid beneficiaries.
Deputy Attorney General Christopher Ruzich, Sgt. Fred Weidman and Detectives John Collins, Anthony Correll and Kevin Gannon of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit coordinated the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Ruzich represented the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the guilty plea hearing.