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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 5, 2020

Kenner Woman Sentenced For Acquiring Oxycodone Illegally

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announces that BENNIE RUTH HARRIS, age 65, of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Lance M. Africk on September 30, 2020 to two years of probation following her plea to acquiring oxycodone by fraud.

HARRIS was one of ten defendants involved in a conspiracy to use forged prescriptions to illegally acquire oxycodone.  According to court documents, HARRIS presented a forged prescription for a large amount of oxycodone to a local pharmacy. The other nine defendants involved in this offense also pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of agents with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their investigation in this case. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Myles Ranier and attorneys with the Department of Justice Health Care Fraud Strike Force, with previous co-counsel including Assistant United States Attorney Jared L. Hasten of the Northern District of Illinois.

Updated October 5, 2020