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Retired Watertown officer Deignan pleads guilty to stealing ID to obtain drugs

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A retired Watertown police officer faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing an ID while on the force and using it to get oxycodone and other prescription drugs, according to the US attorney’s office. Joseph Deignan, 58, of Framingham was convicted Tuesday in federal court of unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud and fraud in connection with identification documents, the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said. Federal authorities said that before Deignan retired from the police force in February 2012, he stole a driver’s license while working as a traffic supervisor in 2010 and used it to forge prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @JaclynReiss.
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