Pharmacy Technician Sentenced to More than Seven Years for Trafficking in Oxycodone and Making False Statements to Police
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced Ardovan Moayer (25, Lake Mary) yesterday to 7 ½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and making false statements in a federal investigation. The court also ordered Moayer to pay more than $55,000 in restitution to Youssef Saleeb, a pharmacist whom Moayer attempted to frame after being arrested, and $1,000 for money stolen from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Moayer pled guilty to the drug charges on December 21, 2011, and to the false statements charge on February 29, 2012.
Three other individuals were also sentenced yesterday for their respective roles in this case. Each pled guilty on December 21, 2011 to aiding and abetting the possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute it. Shawhin Besharat (25, Sanford) was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Wayne McGilvray ( 23, Oviedo) was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison. Keyan Haselli (19, Boca Raton) was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
According to court documents, Moayer, a pharmacy technician at a Winter Park pharmacy, was at the center of an Oxycodone ring that distributed thousands of Oxycodone pills between April 2010 and September 2011. Moayer used his position as a pharmacy technician to steal Oxycodone pills from the pharmacy and distribute them to other individuals who would sell them on the street. Besharat, McGilvray, and Haselli all assisted Moayer in the distribution of these pills.
DEA agents approached Moayer about the case on September 12, 2011. Moayer told the agents that Saleeb was the one providing him with the Oxycodone pills. Over the next several weeks, Moayer falsely led agents to believe that he had obtained Oxycodone from Saleeb in several controlled transactions. As a result of Moayer's false statements, Saleeb was charged in a criminal complaint for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
On December 14, 2011, DEA agents received surveillance footage from the pharmacy's surveillance system. Agents 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 Moayer admitted that he had fabricated the story about Mr. Saleeb's involvement, 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.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.
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