Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

July 17, 2020

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

Buffalo woman sentenced for allowing her former boyfriend to write fraudulent prescriptions for Adderall

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division, Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, and Western District of New York, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced today that Phousavath Luangrath, 30, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of misprision of a felony, was sentenced to serve one year probation by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $572.20.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between Feb. 2 and Dec. 21, 2017, the defendant allowed co-defendant James T. Keefe, with whom she was involved in an intimate relationship, to write fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances using her information. Keefe was a New York State licensed physician and a DEA Registrant. Keefe wrote the fraudulent prescriptions so that he could receive Adderall for personal use. The prescriptions were issued not for a legitimate purpose and were outside the usual course of professional practice. Luangrath was issued 10 prescriptions in her own name by Keefe for Schedule II controlled substances.

Keefe was previously convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and amphetamine, and is awaiting sentencing.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan.

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