A federal grand jury has indicted six additional people in connection to a case involving a Bridgeport physician who is alleged to have prescribed painkillers for non-legitimate medical purposes, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Northern District of West Virginia.
The investigation and prosecution of Dr. Edita Milan for the illegal distribution of painkillers has led to five Fairmont residents and one Tampa, Florida resident being charged in connection to the case, according to the news release.
Lois Ann Crites, 49, Andrea Nicole Shepard, 23, and Daniel "D.J." Quirk, 29, all of Fairmont, were each indicted for conspiring with Milan to possess with intent to distribute schedule II & II substances. Each faces up to 20 years in prison, according to the news release.
In a separate indictment, Deborah M. Tate, 56, and Nino L. Mancino, 42, both of Fairmont, and David S. Rokisky, 46 of Tampa, Fl., were each charged with conspiring to possess and distribute hydrocodone, officials said. Rokisky also faces a charge of racketeering and Tate faces an additional count of possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone. According to the news release, Tate, Mancino, and Rokisky, each face up to 10 years in prison.
Officials said Milan's charges for conspiracy to distribute schedule II & III substances outside the usual course of a professional medical practice are pending. Her trial has been scheduled for January 14, 2014, before U.S. District Court Judge Irene M. Keeley. Judge Keeley previously issued an order designating the case as complex, and extended the deadlines for motions to be filed and hearings to be held, according to the news release.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr and is being investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Task Force.