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VA Hospital Nurse Charged with Using her Position to Obtain Painkillers

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

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The Indictment, returned on August 19, 2020, named Ann Makepeace, age 30, of 519 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, from on or about February 24, 2020, continuing through on or about March 20, 2020, Makepeace used her position as a registered nurse at the VA Hospital to obtain vials of Dilaudid, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than four years in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General and the Veterans Affairs Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 11, 2020

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