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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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January 23, 2012

Florida Resident Sentenced in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 35 year old Daytona Beach, Florida, resident was sentenced on January 20, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: JENNIFER KENNEDY was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. KENNEDY entered a plea of guilty on September 12, 2011, to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and cocaine from February of 2010 to March 26, 2011 and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments from February of 2010 to April of 2011 in Ohio and Marshall counties.

As part of the drug conspiracy, KENNEDY and others engaged in “doctor shopping” in Daytona Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Rock Hill, South Carolina, by going to doctors in those cities and claiming medical maladies and then requesting and obtaining pain pills, primarily Oxycodone. KENNEDY admitted providing the conspiracy between 50,000 and 146,000 pills with a street value of as much as $5,000,000. As part of the money laundering conspiracy, in order to pay for the pills, the group often wired drug proceeds from the pill sales from the Wheeling area to Florida. KENNEDY received several thousands of dollars in money wires over a six-month period of time to pay for the doctors’ appointments and the pills from conspirators in Wheeling and eastern Ohio.

KENNEDY is the 15th individual sentenced in the David Kidd investigation.

KENNEDY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by USA Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Martins Ferry Police Department, the Volusia Bureau of Investigations - Central Florida HIDTA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Orlando, Florida. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.