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Conway Couple Sentenced in Charges of Illegal Sale of Pain Pills

December 13, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Roger Sarvis, age 32, and Stacey Sarvis, age, 31, both of Conway, South Carolina, have been sentenced in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence sentenced Roger Sarvis to 156 months imprisonment, supervised release of 3 years, and Stacey Sarvis to 135 months imprisonment, and three years supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Roger and Stacey Sarvis were husband and wife and involved in the distribution of Oxycodone in the form of Roxicodone, and Hydrocodone in the form of Lortab, as well as Alprazolam, in the form of Xanax, from October 2009 until October 2011, in Horry County, South Carolina. The Sarvises and others obtained these substances in South Carolina and Florida by various means including doctor-shopping, forging prescriptions, creation of fraudulent medical records, and purchasing from independent traffickers. Doctor-shopping refers to the practice of a patient requesting care from multiple physicians to obtain overlapping prescriptions for controlled substances. The Sarvises also forged physicians’ names on forged prescriptions and used other peoples’ identification to pick up the prescriptions from various pharmacies. Stacey Sarvis used seven different doctors in Horry County and visited pain management clinics in Florida using an alias to obtain prescriptions. The Sarvises also paid other individuals to visit physicians and obtain prescriptions for controlled substances which they then sold.

The case was investigated by Horry County Police Department and by agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Unit. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office handled the case.

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