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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Clinton County Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Dr. Michael L. Cummings, 63, a family practitioner in Albany, Kentucky, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, March 18, 2019, to 13 counts of prescribing controlled substances without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice, announced First Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.

According to the plea agreement, between May 7, 2012 and April 1, 2014, Cummings prescribed Oxycodone and OxyContin, a Schedule II controlled substance, and alprazolam and zolpidem tartrate, Schedule IV controlled substances, to S.F. without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of medical practice.

Between May 14, 2012 and February 10, 2014, Cummings prescribed hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, Valium, and diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, to S.C., without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice.

Cummings prescribed Oxycodone and Endocet, Schedule II controlled substances, hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, and alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, to J.S. between June 18, 2012 and November 5, 2014, without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice.

Between January 30, 2013 and April 15, 2015, Cummings prescribed hydrocodone polistirex, a Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substance, and alprazolam and phentermine, Schedule IV controlled substances, to J.Y., without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice.

Cummings prescribed Oxycodone and Endocet, Schedule II controlled substances, hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, and alprazolam and diazepam, Schedule IV controlled substances, to C.C. between May 1, 2012 and February 27, 2015, without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice.

The charges Cummings pleaded guilty to carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 145 years, a combined maximum fine of $7.25 million, and 3 years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19, 2019, before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Greg N. Stivers.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Weiser and Ann Marie Blaylock, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky State Police.

Beaver Falls Man Admits Taking $600 during Robbery of New Brighton Huntington Bank


PITTSBURGH - A resident of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Ernest Dewayne Taylor, 50, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on August 17, 2018, Taylor robbed the Huntington Bank located at 921 3rd Avenue, New Brighton, Pennsylvania. As a result of the robbery, Taylor obtained $600.00 in U.S. currency.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for July 17, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. Schupansky is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Brighton Area Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Ernest Dewayne Taylor.

Felon Convicted At Trial for Illegal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that James Hill, of Philadelphia, PA, was convicted at trial of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Sentencing is scheduled before United States District Judge Gerald McHugh.

At trial, the government presented evidence that in the early morning hours of July 8, 2018, Philadelphia police officers found the defendant in possession of a .9mm Sig Sauer pistol loaded with fourteen live rounds in the magazine.  Further investigation revealed that the defendant was barred from possessing a firearm because he had a previous felony conviction.

“Reducing violent crime is a top priority of my Office and of the Department of Justice, and successful prosecutions of cases like this remain a key part of our deterrence strategy,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “My Office remains committed to working with the Philadelphia Police Department to clear the Philadelphia streets of firearms in the hands of convicted felons, which undeniably pose a serious threat to public safety in our City.”

“The investigation, arrest, and successful prosecution of James Hill serves as evidence of the effectiveness of strong and consistent collaboration between law enforcement agencies,” said Richard J. Ross, Jr., Philadelphia Police Commissioner.  “With the conviction and impending sentencing, a recidivist offender will no longer be able to re-offend in our neighborhoods.  This, along with the continuing efforts of the Project Safe Neighborhoods partner agencies, will have an appreciable impact on the quality of life of the residents of our great city.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, to address this crime trend, the Department announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit our website.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeanine Linehan.