Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's brother-in-law Edward Beckles indicted

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The brother-in-law of Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll faces a federal indictment related to a large-scale prescription pill ring.

The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that 59-year-old Edward Beckles was indicted and appeared in court Monday.

Beckles was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone and one count of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone while acting outside the course of professional practice.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each charge.

Beckles, who is married to Carroll's sister, is a pharmacist. Officials say Beckles allegedly filled fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycodone from August 2009 through January 2012. He owned Ed's Family Friendly Pharmacy in New Port Richey.

He is out on bail pending trial.

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