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A Fairmont, WV woman and her 30-year-old son have admitted to helping distribute prescription painkillers she obtained through her job as office manager to a local physician.

Lois Ann Crites, 50, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Schedule II and Schedule III pain killers, while her son, Daniel J. Quirk, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Crites, who worked for Dr. Edita Milan, admitted to phoning in prescriptions for painkillers for numerous individuals who had no medical reason to be taking the drugs.

Milan, 74, is under indictment for allegedly conspiring to distribute controlled substances. She's scheduled to go to trial is later this year.

Crites said she helped falsify medical records of patients to attempt to justify the medical need for controlled substance prescriptions, Ihlenfeld said.

She took over as Milan's office manager after her sister, who previously managed the office, was sentenced to prison for drug activities connected to the same doctor's office, Ihlenfeld said.

Quirk told the court he sold oxycodone pills in a gas station parking lot in Fairmont in 2012. He also admitted he regularly sold pills he received through Milan's office.

Crites and her son are free on bond pending sentencing. She faces up to 20 years in prison and her son, Daniel, faces up to 10 years.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr and investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of officers and agents from the Bridgeport Police Department, the Clarksburg Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the West Virginia State Police, along with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Their guilty pleas were taken by U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.