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Oxycodone Distributor Pleads Guilty And Faces New Charge For Making False Statements Against Pharmacist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21 , 2011

Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Ardovan Moayer (25, Lake Mary) today pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.  In the same case, Shawhin Besharat (25, Winter Springs), Wayne McGilvray (23, Lake Mary), and Keyan Haselli (19, Boca Raton) today also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone. All four defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. All are scheduled to be sentenced on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp.

In a related matter, the United States Attorney announces  the filing of a criminal complaint charging Moayer with making false statements related to a federal investigation. If convicted, Moayer faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison on this charge.

According to the complaint, Moayer, a pharmacy technician, had been under investigation for distributing thousands of Oxycodone pills which he had taken from the Winter Park pharmacy at which he worked.  As part of the investigation, on September 12, 2011, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents approached Moayer about the case. Moayer told agents that a pharmacist with whom he worked, Youssef Saleeb, was the individual providing him with the Oxycodone pills.  Over the next several weeks, Moayer, under the supervision of DEA agents, allegedly obtained Oxycodone from Saleeb and paid Saleeb for the Oxycodone in controlled transactions.  As a result of the investigation, Saleeb was charged in a criminal complaint for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

On December 14, 2011, DEA agents obtained surveillance footage and discovered that Moayer did not actually pay Saleeb on one of the occasions that Moayer had claimed. On December 16, 2011, agents confronted Moayer with the new evidence, and he admitted that he had lied about the involvement of the pharmacist, and that he had simply stolen the pills himself from the pharmacy. The United States moved to dismiss the complaint against Saleeb later that same day.

A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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