Jamestown nurse sentenced for drug charges
BUFFALO – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Samilyn Olson, 47, of Jamestown, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, was sentenced to one year home detention and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that Olson is a former nurse at the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, in Jamestown. The clinic provides medical services to VA patients in the area. On eight occasions between May and September 2010, the defendant stole prescription forms from a nurse practitioner at the clinic, forged the nurse practitioner’s name and wrote prescriptions for oxycodone. The prescriptions were then filled by Olson or others at a local pharmacy in Jamestown and then distributed.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G. Hughes, Northeast Field Office, the Veterans Affairs Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Stephen Colville, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.