By Rachel Dove
HUNTINGTON - A Williamson woman was sentenced Monday to three years and six months of federal probation for obtaining prescription drugs by fraud, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.
Amy Shantel Hatfield, 37, pleaded guilty last April before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers in district court in Huntington. Hatfield admitted that between June and August of 2012, she obtained lisdexamfetamine and amphetamine, dangerous and addictive prescription drugs, by filling fraudulent prescriptions written for someone else. These medications are prescribed to treat those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.
This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin, Goodwin said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern Districtof West Virginia, Goodwin said.