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Penn Hills Man Pleads Guilty In Forged Prescription Ring

May 8, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Penn Hills pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Ryan Robert Beharry, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Beharry passed forged prescriptions for oxycodone to various South Hills area pharmacies as part of a large forged prescription ring operating in the South Hills between 2009 and 2011.

Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for Aug. 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The defendant was ordered detained pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, South Park Police Department, Pleasant Hills Police Department, Bethel Park Police Department, North Versailles Police Department, Whitehall Police Department, City of Pittsburgh Police Department, Allegheny County Probation/Parole Office, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Beharry.

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