OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
March 25, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Sentenced for Illegally Distributing Prescription Drugs
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals were sentenced on March 23, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:
KATHY FULLMER, age 50, of Tunnelton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. FULLMER entered a plea of guilty on December 8, 2008, to one count of an Indictment charging her with conspiring to distribute hydrocodone from June 2003 to June 28, 2007, in Preston County, West Virginia. Evidence showed that co-defendant Timothy Bolyard, who worked as a Physician’s Assistant at Preston Family Health Center, issued approximately 428 unauthorized prescriptions to at least 17 different people, totaling over 37,000 pills. FULLMER obtained most of these prescriptions, either by picking them up herself or directing others to get the drugs for her. FULLMER then re-sold the pills. FULLMER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
LONNIE THOMAS BRYANT, JR., age 37, of Shinnston, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. BRYANT entered a plea of guilty on December 2, 2008, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of oxycontin on June 7, 2007, within 1,000 feet of Lincoln High School in Shinnston. BRYANT, who is currently free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
These 2 cases reflect law enforcement's focus on prosecuting individuals who illegally sell prescription drugs, as set forth in the Northern District's initiative "Operation Pill Broker".
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