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Leader of Oxycodone Distribution Ring Sentenced to 7+ Years in Federal Prison

September 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Brentwood, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 88 months imprisonment and five years supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and to acquire controlled substances by fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jeffrey William Mackewich, II, 27. Mackewich has been incarcerated since his bond was revoked by Judge Hornak in June 2013.

According to information presented to the court, Mackewich conspired to obtain Oxycodone by fraud and forgery and to then distribute the Oxycodone. Mackewich agreed that he distributed between 5,000 and 15,000 oxycodone 30 mg. tablets during the time frame of the conspiracy. He also agreed that he was the leader of the Oxycodone ring. Mackewich used a computer with software including medical clip art to counterfeit prescriptions using DEA registration numbers of unwitting physicians.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Drug Enforcement Administration for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mackewich.

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