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June 12, 2014

Fairmont mother, son plead guilty to drug charges

CLARKSBURG — A Fairmont mother and son plead guilty to related drug charges in Federal Court.

Lois Ann Crites, 50, of Fairmont, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to posess with intent to distribute and to distribute schedule II and schedule III controlled substance, according to a press release by the office of U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld. Crites faces up to 20 years in prison.

Daniel J. Quirk, 30, of Fairmont, entered a plea of guilty to distribution of oxycodone, according to the press release. Quirk, who is the son of Crites, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Crites was an office manager for Dr. Edita Milan, said the press release. Milan is presently under indictment and has a trial scheduled for later this year.

According to the press release, Crites admitted to phoning in prescriptions so that individuals could obtain controlled substances “without a valid medical reason.” Crites admitted to assisting Milan in falsifying medical records to justify the medical need for prescriptions given to patients.

Quirk admitted to selling pills in a Fairmont gas station parking lot in 2012, the press release said. Quirk also admitted that he regularly sold pills that had been received from Milan’s office.

Both Crites and Quirk are free on bond pending sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated this case. U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull took the guilty pleas.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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