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West Mifflin Man Admits Role In Forged Prescription Ring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2012

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

Stephen Michael Arovits, 27, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Arovits 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 1:30 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 Arovits.

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