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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crab Orchard Woman Pleads Guilty To Obtaining Powerful Painkillers With A Forged Prescription

BECKLEY, W.Va.  - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Sherry Lively, 46 of Crab Orchard, West Virginia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Beckley to obtaining oxycodone painkillers by fraud.  In July of 2013, Lively took a forged prescription for oxycodone to a local pharmacy.  The prescription was forged by an individual who stole a script pad from a Beckley doctor.  The pharmacy filled the forged prescription and gave Lively oxycodone pills that were not legitimately prescribed for her.  Agents obtained a copy of the forged prescription from the pharmacy and were able to confirm that the doctor whose name was on the prescription had not signed it.

Lively faces up to four years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene Berger has scheduled the sentencing for May 15, 2014.

The DEA and Beckley Police Department handled the investigation. 

Updated January 7, 2015