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Jamestown nurse pleads guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2014

          BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Samilyn Olson, 47, of Jamestown, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that Olson is a former nurse at the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, in Jamestown. The clinic provides medical services to VA patients in the area. On eight occasions between May and September 2010, the defendant stole prescription forms from a nurse practitioner at the clinic, forged the nurse practitioner=s name and wrote prescriptions for oxycodone. The prescriptions were then filled by Olson or others at a local pharmacy in Jamestown, New York and then distributed.

The plea is the result of an investigation on the part of the Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G. Hughes, Northeast Field Office, the Veterans Affairs Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Messina, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings. 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

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