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Missouri Woman Admits Fraudulently Obtaining Pain Pills Meant for Animals

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS – A woman who worked for a pet food company in Montgomery City, Missouri on Friday admitted fraudulently obtaining pain pills meant for animals. 

Mackenzie Noel Deeker, 39, of Montgomery County, Missouri, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk to a felony count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Deeker, who was animal health supervisor for the company, was responsible for ordering and maintaining records for controlled substances, including the pain medication tramadol. After the company stopped using tramadol because research in the veterinary field questioned its effectiveness, Deeker continued to order the drug by using the company’s Drug Enforcement Administration researcher registration and the DEA registration information belonging to an independent veterinarian working with the company. 

In her plea, Deeker admitted diverting tramadol for her personal use. She continued ordering the drug to rectify shortages in the company’s records due to her personal use of the drug. In one example given in Deeker’s plea agreement, on April 30, 2021, she called in a prescription for 90 tablets to a local pharmacy, claiming that it was authorized by the veterinarian for a dog named “Dandee.” Dandee had been euthanized more than two months earlier, however.

At Deeker’s November 2 sentencing, both sides have agreed to recommend probation. She has agreed to pay $5,200 to the veterinarian, who was suspended by the company for eight weeks while they investigated the missing tramadol. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mohsen Pasha is prosecuting the case.

Updated August 4, 2023

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