FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 28, 2014
BECKLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO OBTAINING POWERFUL PAINKILLERS WITH A FORGED PRESCRIPTION
BECKLEY, W.Va. - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Justin Woodie, 22, of Beckley, West Virginia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Beckley to obtaining oxycodone painkillers by fraud. In July of 2013, Woodie attempted to obtain oxycodone pills from a local pharmacy using a forged prescription. The prescription had been forged by an individual who stole a script pad from a Beckley doctor. The pharmacy filled the forged prescription and gave Woodie oxycodone pills that were not legitimately prescribed for him. Agents obtained a copy of the forged prescription from the pharmacy and were able to confirm that the doctor whose name was on the prescription had not signed it.
Woodie faces up to four years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. United States District Judge Irene Berger has scheduled the sentencing for May 15, 2014.
The DEA and Beckley Police Department handled the investigation.