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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Metairie Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obtain Oxycodone by Fraud and to Distribute Oxycodone

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that CHRISTIE LYNN BROWNING, age 42, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana pled guilty on January 15, 2020 to a dual object conspiracy to obtain possession of oxycodone by fraud and to unlawfully distribute oxycodone.

According to court documents, between November 2017 and January 2019, BROWNING conspired to acquire oxycodone pills by using fictitious prescriptions and to then distribute those oxycodone pills on the black market.  BROWNING faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000 and at least three years of supervised release.  United States District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman set sentencing for April 8, 2020. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for their work investigating the case.

The case is being prosecuted by Jared Hasten of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant United States Attorney Myles Ranier. 


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Updated January 16, 2020