BREAKING NEWS OUT OF THE FBI… MAJOR BUST Eight New Orleans-Area Defendants Plead Guilty
to Scheme to Possess Oxycodone by Fraud; Six of the Eight also Plead Guilty to Scheme to
Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone on the Black Market
Prescription Drug Diversion Conspiracy Resulted in Approximately 10,000 Oxycodone Pills on
the Black Market WASHINGTON – Eight New Orleans, Louisiana-area
defendants have pleaded guilty for their participation in a conspiracy to obtain oxycodone through
fraud by using fictitious prescriptions. Six of the eight defendants have also pleaded
guilty for the roles in a scheme to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone on the
black market. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski
of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser of the Eastern
District of Louisiana, Special Agent in Charge Eric J. Rommal of the FBI’s New Orleans
Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Field Office and Special
Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s
New Orleans Field Division made the announcement. Jesse J. Wildenfels, 39, of Metairie, Louisiana,
pleaded guilty today to a dual-object conspiracy to acquire and obtain possession of oxycodone
by fraud and to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute. On Oct. 17, Luis R. Cabrera Jr., 38, of Norco,
Louisiana; Vicki J. Skeldon, 44, of Metairie; Stephanie N. Free, 28, of Gretna, Louisiana;
Jarrod A. Doubleday, 47, of Livingston, Louisiana; John A. Doubleday, 52, of Place, Louisiana;
Whitney J. Swan III, 48, of Saint Rose, Louisiana; and Cynthia B. Foret, 41, also of Norco, pleaded
guilty to their roles in violating the Controlled Substances Act. Cabrera, Skeldon, Free, John Doubleday and
Swan pleaded guilty to a dual-object conspiracy to acquire and obtain possession of oxycodone
by fraud and to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Jarrod Doubleday and Foret pleaded guilty
to conspiracy to obtain possession of oxycodone by fraud. “These defendants were responsible for over
10,000 Oxycodone pills flowing onto the streets in and around New Orleans,” said Assistant
Attorney General Benczkowski. “I commend the prosecutors in the Medicare
Fraud Strike Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with our law enforcement partners,
for their outstanding efforts to disrupt the illegal sale of opioids on the black market.” “The proliferation of illegally obtained
opioids flooding our community has made a significant contribution to the abuse of prescription
drugs which plagues many families,” said U.S. Attorney Strasser. “Cases such as this shows the commitment
DOJ has to our community by combating this growing threat.” “Driven by greed and addiction, these eight
defendants manipulated a system established to assist patients with legitimate medical
conditions,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Rommal. “Through their illicit gains, these defendants
contributed to the daily oxycodone epidemic taking this nation by storm. By removing these defendants from our streets
and communities, the FBI, in conjunction with our federal, state, and local law enforcement
partners were able to take the drugs out of an addict’s hands and hopefully save a life
or two.” “The eight individuals involved in this
scheme heartlessly contributed to the opioid epidemic plaguing our society today,” said
DEA Special Agent in Charge Azzam. “This malicious conduct puts lives at risk
and won’t be tolerated. DEA, along with our law enforcement partners,
will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to perpetuate and profit from the
opioid crisis in this country and bring them to justice.” The charges stem from the defendants’ involvement
in a prescription drug diversion conspiracy in the greater New Orleans area. The conspiracy in total resulted in the diversion
of approximately 10,000 oxycodone pills on the black market. In pleading guilty, Cabrera, Skeldon, Free,
John Doubleday, Swan and Wildenfels admitted that, between February 2017 and June 2018,
they either provided their personal identifying information for the purpose of having fictitious
prescriptions for oxycodone created in their names or referred co-conspirators for the
purpose of having fictitious prescriptions for oxycodone written in their co-conspirators’
names. The prescriptions were then filled at area
pharmacies and a portion of oxycodone pills obtained with those prescriptions were subsequently
sold on the black market. Additionally, in pleading guilty, Jarrod Doubleday
admitted to filling fictitious prescriptions for oxycodone in his own name between April
2017 and May 2017. And, in pleading guilty, Foret admitted to
forging prescriptions for oxycodone in her own name and in the name of her co-conspirators
between February 2015 and October 2016, which were ultimately filled. U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk for the
Eastern District of Louisiana set sentencing for Cabrera, Skeldon, Free, Doubleday and
Swan on Jan. 24, 2019, and for Doubleday, Foret and Wildenfels on Feb. 7, 2019. This case was investigated by the FBI, HHS-OIG,
the DEA and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Trial Attorney Jared Hasten of the Criminal
Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Myles Ranier of the Eastern District
of Louisiana are prosecuting the case. The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section leads
the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare
Fraud Strike Force, now operating in 12 cities across the country, has charged nearly 4,000
defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion.


  1. Fbi has been lying to We the People for some time/ lying on our Duly Elected President Donald Trump/ now you want to talk about New Orleans like the fbi is doing something/ they SURE ARE called SMOKE and MIRRORS

  2. The FBI DOJ MSM CIA and judges are corrupt and on their payroll u can't vote them out because of voter fraud we need a revolution to take back our government

  3. So they were WRONG. But you let Hillary, Pence and so many other walk and want to get Pat's on the back? How about a slap on the head stooges and get the real criminals

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