FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 7, 2009
ROSEBORO WOMAN FOUND GUILTY TO PERJURY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt convicted LINDA MCLAUREN BURNEY, 46, of Roseboro, North Carolina, during a bench trial.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 7, 2008, charging six counts of perjury.
BURNEY, who had worked for Dr. Perry Reese and Roseboro Urgent Care as a medical assistant for two years, was interviewed on April 9, 2003, the day that Reese was arrested for selling prescriptions and pills to drug users outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. In the interview, BURNEY stated that she had seen Dr. Reese accept money for prescriptions that he would write for individuals, but that there had been so many individuals she could not recall dates or names other than the most recent, which occurred on April 7, 2003, and provided the names of nine individuals who had paid Dr. Reese for a prescription.
As presented at the trial before Judge Britt, when testifying before the Federal Grand Jury regarding this interview, BURNEY directly contradicted the statements given at the interview on April 9, 2003, as follows:
Q:"According to the officer, you stated that Dr. Reese would accept money for prescriptions that he would write for individuals. Please explain. . .,”
A:“I never made that statement.”
Q: “Did you ever see him [Dr. Reese] accept money for writing prescriptions,”
Q:“According to the law enforcement officers, you gave a list of several individuals who would come in on a repeated basis to receive narcotics prescriptions.”
A: “No, ma’am. No ma’am. A list was given to me asking did I know these people.”
Q:“Did Dr. Reese ever tell you that it was all right to charge individuals for prescriptions.”
Q:“Did he [Dr. Reese] take money from the hand of a patient and put into his coat pocket?”
A: "No ma’am.”
Dr. Reese, who had been indicted on April 2, 2008, of illegal distribution of a controlled substance and racketeering charges, was found guilty by a federal jury on February 25, 2009. His sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2009.
BURNEY's daughter, Marvesa McLaurin, was also charged by a separate Indictment for perjury on May 7, 2008. McLaurin, also an employee for Dr. Reese, was convicted by a jury on January 15, 2009. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2009.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.
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