CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — A mother and son were convicted Wednesday in connection with the case of a West Virginia physician who is alleged to have prescribed painkillers for non-legitimate medical purposes.
Lois Ann Crites, 50, of Fairmont, who acted as office manager for Dr. Edita Milan, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances.
She admitted to phoning in prescriptions to pharmacies for numerous individuals to obtain Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances without a valid medical reason and assisting Dr. Milan in falsifying the medical records of patients to attempt to justify the medical need for controlled substance prescriptions.
Crites became the office manager for Dr. Milan after her sister, the former office manager, was sentenced to prison for drug activities connected to the same doctor’s office.
Crites, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
Crites’ son Daniel J. Quirk, a.k.a. “DJ,” 30, of Fairmont, plead guilty to distribution of oxycodone.
Quirk admitted to selling oxycodone pills in the parking lot of a Fairmont gas station in 2012 and to regularly selling pills he had received through Dr. Milan’s office.
Quirk, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison.
The guilty pleas were taken by U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States 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 DEA and the West Virginia State Police, along with support from the ATF, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Dr. Milan is presently under indictment and her trial is scheduled for later this year.