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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beckley nurse pleads guilty to obtaining drugs by fraud

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Olivia Dixon, 31, of Midway, West Virginia, plead guilty today in federal court in Beckley to obtaining hydromorphone and morphine sulfate by fraud. Dixon, a former nurse at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, admitted that on November 10, 2014, she stole pain medications intended for patients, including morphine, for her own personal use.  

Dixon faces up to 4 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger scheduled the sentencing for June 24, 2015.

The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The United States Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Updated March 10, 2015