OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Matthew Lyman, Public Affairs Specialist/Community Outreach Coordinator
June 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mother, son convicted in connection with W.Va. pain clinic
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A mother and son were convicted today in connection with the case of a West Virginia physician who is alleged to have prescribed painkillers for non-legitimate medical purposes, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
Lois Ann CRITES, age 50, of Fairmont, West Virginia, who acted as office manager for Dr. Edita Milan, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances. CRITES admitted to phoning in prescriptions to pharmacies for numerous individuals to obtain Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances without a valid medical reason. CRITES also admitted that she assisted Dr. Milan in falsifying the medical records of patients to attempt to justify the medical need for controlled substance prescriptions. CRITES became the office manager for Dr. Milan after CRITES’ sister, the former office manager, was sentenced to prison for drug activities connected to the same doctor’s office.
CRITES, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
Daniel J. QUIRK a/k/a “DJ,” age 30, of Fairmont, and the son of Lois CRITES, entered a plea of guilty to distribution of oxycodone. QUIRK admitted today to selling oxycodone pills in the parking lot of a Fairmont gas station in 2012. QUIRK also admitted that he had been regularly selling pills that he had received through Dr. Milan's office. QUIRK, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Dr. Milan is presently under indictment and her trial is scheduled for later this year.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of officers and agents from the Bridgeport Police Department, the Clarksburg Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the West Virginia State Police, along with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The guilty pleas were taken by U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.
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