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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Charleston woman pleads guilty to obtaining pain pills by fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston woman pleaded guilty today to obtaining oxycodone and Xanax by fraud, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Greer Elizabeth Ramsey, 32, entered her guilty plea to obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge. 

Ramsey admitted that on April 14, 2015, she obtained oxycodone and Xanax by presenting a prescription that she knew to be fraudulent to the Kroger pharmacy in Dunbar. Ramsey further admitted that she knew the prescription was not valid because she had never been a patient of the doctor whose name was on the preprinted prescription pad.    

Ramsey faces up to four years in federal prison when she is sentenced on March 9, 2017.

The Dunbar Police Department, the South Charleston Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

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 U.S. 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.

Prescription Drugs
Updated December 1, 2016