News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Cincinnati Attorney Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy
- Ken Lawson fraudulently obtained prescription drugs; possible 4 years in prison

SEP 24 - CINCINNATI --  Cincinnati attorney Kenneth L. Lawson, age 45, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of conspiracy to illegally obtain controlled substances, namely oxycodone. The crime is punishable by up to four years in prison.

  Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Russell Neville, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Cincinnati Resident Office, and Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas L. Streicher announced the plea, which was entered before Chief United States District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith.

According to facts filed with the plea agreement, Lawson conspired to obtain the drugs, commonly known as OxyContin and Percocet, through misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge between August 2003 and January, 2007.

Judge Beckwith will schedule a date for sentencing. Lawson remains free on bond pending sentencing.

Lockhart commended the cooperative investigation by Cincinnati Police Officers and the Special Agents of the DEA.

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