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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beckley Man Pleads Guilty To Obtaining Oxycodone By Fraud

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Beckley man pled guilty in federal court to obtaining oxycodone by fraud.  Daniel Michael Koehler, 30, admitted that he coaxed his girlfriend, a former pharmacy technician at ByPass Pharmacy in Beckley, to steal oxycodone for him.  Koehler and his girlfriend avoided detection by stealing the drugs beyond the view of security cameras in the area in which the drugs were stored.  Koehler admitted that he sold some of the oxycodone and used the rest.  Koehler faces up to four years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release when he is sentenced  on December 4, 2014.

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. 

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The United States Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin.  

Updated January 7, 2015