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Galax Woman Sentenced on Oxycodone Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Gloria Kennedy to Serve 46 Months in Federal Prison

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A former licensed nurse practitioner, who illegally prescribed more than 3,700 pills of 15 mg oxycodone pills, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick announced today.

Gloria W. “Faye” Kennedy, 52, of Richlands, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone. Yesterday in District Court she was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 46 months.

“The abuse of prescription pain killers has decimated communities in Southwest Virginia and all across the Western District,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick said today. “The abuse of prescription opioids, quite often, leads to the abuse of more dangerous and addictive drugs, like heroin. We must continue to be vigilant in prosecuting those who provide rescription drugs for illicit purposes.”

Between April 22, 2014 and September 3, 2015, Kennedy and her husband, Darryl Lynn Wells, conspired to distribute 3,780 pills of 15 mg oxycodone, without a legitimate medical purpose.  Kennedy, using her position as a licensed medical practitioner, wrote prescriptions in the name of her husband and various other people for the purpose of having the prescriptions filled.  The pills were then illegally distributed.  Evidence was presented at yesterday’s sentencing hearing that Kennedy was upset with Wells because he was not selling all of the pills.

Kennedy’s husband, Darrell Lynn Wells, was previously sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 41 months for his role in the offense. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency Tactical Diversion Squad, with the assistance of the Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Virginia State Police, and Tazewell Regional Drug Task Force.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Patton and Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 23, 2016

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