PORTLAND — A Lewiston woman who worked as a drug counselor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 marijuana plants in connection with a federal drug raid more than a year ago in the Twin Cities.
The felony charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines, plus a minimum of three years of supervised release.
Stephanie Beck, 41, was licensed by Maine’s Department of Professional and Financial Regulation as a certified clinical supervisor and an alcohol and drug counselor.
Between Dec. 1, 2017, and Feb. 27, 2018, she provided patient names to a nurse practitioner, including the names of MaineCare recipients. That nurse practitioner created fraudulent medical marijuana certifications that allowed a marijuana trafficking conspiracy to illegally cultivate marijuana plants under the cover of, but in violation of, the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, according to court documents.
Often, no medical or clinical examination took place before the medical marijuana certifications were issued, according to federal prosecutors.
Authorities discovered a series of text messages between Beck and an unnamed person identified only by the initials “T.B.,” who was in charge of the conspiracy to cultivate and distribute marijuana that operated in Androscoggin County between 2015 and Feb. 27, 2018