NEW YORK (AP) — A New York woman identified by prosecutors as the “lynchpin” of a black market prescription painkiller ring has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Nancy Wilkins of Brooklyn received the sentence Monday. The office manager for a Manhattan orthopedic surgeon previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy for selling blank prescriptions off a blank surgeon’s pad for $100 each.

She also will serve 5 years on probation.

Two other alleged leaders have pleaded not guilty to the scheme, in which the pills allegedly were sold out of an ice cream truck. Prosecutors say the ring sold $1 million worth of painkillers. In all, 21 people were charged.

Last week, a Long Island couple was charged in a holdup for painkillers in which 4 people were shot dead.

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