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SUSAN WELLS PLEADS GUILTY TO OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Susan Wells, 40, of Colchester, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to a charge that she distributed oxycodone. U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III released Wells on conditions pending her December 16 sentencing.

On June 4, 2013, the government filed a criminal information alleging that Wells distributed oxycodone on three dates in April and May 2012. Today, Wells pled guilty to that charge. According to court records, after authorities learned that employees and others had participated in the embezzlement of more than $550,000 from Brault's Mobile Homes, Inc. of Colchester, they interviewed two former employees. The employees admitted to embezzling funds from the company and stated that they had used the money to buy prescription pain medications. They identified Wells as their source for some of those drugs. In the spring of 2012, police arranged for one of the embezzlers to make three controlled purchases of oxycodone from Wells.

Wells faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Her actual sentence will be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

This case was investigated by the Colchester Police Department and the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Wells is represented by David Kidney. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

 

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