Woman gets jail for prescription drug fraud

ESCANABA — A mother who was arrested for conspiring with her daughter to sell someone else’s prescription medication to another person in Escanaba last spring was recently sentenced to seven months in the Delta County Jail.

Escanaba Public Safety arrested Marion Berhardina Desotell, 45, of Escanaba, along with her daughter, Mary Ellen Rose Desotell, 19, of Escanaba, in connection with an April 21 incident when the prescription drugs were purchased and sold to someone else.

Marion was sentenced to jail last week in Delta County Circuit court after pleading guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a four-year felony. She was given credit for 105 days already served in jail.

In addition to the jail term, her drivers license was suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days. She was ordered to pay a total of $758 in fines and costs.

During a plea hearing last month, Mary Ellen admitted to receiving a bottle of Hydrocodone from her mother, who she said purchased the medications that were prescribed to someone else. Mary Ellen also admitted to immediately handing the pills to another person who she knew was buying the drugs.

Mary Ellen, who is free on bond, pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Oct. 16.

In exchange for the two women pleading guilty, the prosecution agreed to dismiss one count of conspiracy to deliver an analogue, a 15-year felony, which both women were originally charged with in addition to the fraud charge.

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