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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 18, 2018

North Side Man Will Spend 5 Years in Prison for Participating in Prescription Drug Distribution Scheme and Health Care Fraud

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years of imprisonment and three years of supervised release on his convictions for conspiring to possess and distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, health care fraud, and perjury, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jeremiah Davidson, 62.

According to information presented to the court, Davidson participated in a criminal network of drug dealers that obtained opiate pain killers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area. Davidson obtained opiate pills from various sources and provided them to a dealer for further distribution. One of Davidson’s sources of supply was his own prescriptions, which he obtained fraudulently and paid for through a taxpayer-funded health care benefit program.

While on bond for these offenses, law enforcement arrested him for continuing to sell fraudulently obtained prescription medication to dealers. In an ultimately successful attempt to avoid revocation of his federal bond, Davidson lied under oath about several important matters and thus committed perjury.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Allegheny County Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Davidson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 18, 2018