Fairmont Woman Sentenced In Painkiller Distribution Network
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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Andrea Nicole Shepard, 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today for her role in distributing prescription painkillers through the office of Dr. Edita Milan, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.
While employed in Dr. Milan’s Bridgeport, West Virginia office, Shepard used the text messaging functionality on her mobile phone to arrange the unlawful sale of prescription painkillers. She pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the use of a Communication Facility to Distribute Buprenorphine” after an investigation by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative.
The Task Force investigation began with citizen complaints surrounding prescription writing practices of Dr. Edita Milan’s practice. Milan is scheduled for trial on January 5, 2015.
Shepard was sentenced today to four months and twenty days in prison to be followed by one month and ten days of home detention. Shepard was given credit for time served and released.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
U.S. District Irene M. Keeley presided.