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Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Man to Probation for Distribution of Oxycodone

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 3 years of probation, a condition of which requires 75 hours of community service, on his conviction of distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

On July 19, 2018, Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Michael C. Pegher, 47, of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to information presented to the court at the time of his guilty plea, Pegher, from April 2013 to September 2014, unlawfully distributed more than 3,000 oxycodone tablets he acquired by prescription from Alan Barnett, M.D. Alan Barnett entered a guilty plea on August 26, 2016, to unlawfully distributing prescriptions for oxycodone to Pegher and others, knowing that the recipients were drug addicts or were unlawfully distributing the drugs to others, and was sentenced to 5 years’ probation, to include 8 months of home detention, and 250 hours community service. Barnett was also ordered to pay $50,000.00 in fines.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Pegher.

Updated July 23, 2018

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