Former Belcourt IHS employee sentenced

Staff reports

Timothy J. Davis, Jr., 28, formerly of Belcourt, N.D., who now resides in Mandan, N.D., was sentenced on June 28 by United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Judge Hovland gave Davis credit for one day in custody and sentenced Davis to three years of supervised release. Davis will be placed at Centre, Inc., a halfway house in Mandan, for six months.

Davis will then be on home confinement for one year with electronic monitoring for six months. Davis was ordered to pay restitution of $5763, to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund and to complete 50 hours of community service.

From February 2009 until March 21, 2010, Davis worked as a pharmacy technician for Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Facility, a facility operated by Indian Health Service (IHS) in Belcourt. While employed, Davis stole in excess of 48,000 tablets of hydrocodone from IHS and distributed them to others on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and profited from the sales.

Co-defendant Candace Keplin, a/k/a Candace McCauley, was sentenced on May 25 to three years of probation.

United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon said, “Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States and North Dakota is not immune. In the face of this rising challenge, the diversion of prescription drugs by those employed in the health care system cannot be tolerated. The investigation and prosecution of this case should send a strong message to those in the healthcare community that diversion of prescription drugs is drug dealing, plain and simple.”

Co-defendant John Allery is scheduled for sentencing on August 25 and co-defendant Jordan Delong is scheduled for sentencing on August 29.