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McMurray Doctor Charged with Violating Federal Drug Laws

April 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of McMurray, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The seven-count indictment, returned on April 4, named Oliver W. Herndon, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from October 3, 2011, through February 13, 2012, Herndon, a licensed physician in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, distributed quantities of Oxycodone and Oxymorphone, Schedule II controlled substances, outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose .

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 140 years in prison, a fine of $7,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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