Yorktown woman convicted of fraudulently ordering 100K hydrocodone pills

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A federal jury convicted a Yorktown woman Tuesday of fraudulently obtaining over 100,000 hydrocodone pills.

54-year-old Donna Byrd Talley was found guilty of charges including acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and mail fraud.

Court records say Talley worked as a longtime officer manager for Dr. Steven Becker, a Hampton dentist. She had control over Dr. Becker’s bank accounts and was responsible for all office administration. From 2002 through 2011, prosecutors say Talley used Dr. Becker’s DEA license to fraudulently obtain more than 100,000 pills of hydrocodone from two dental supply companies. She gave the pills to her husband and others, and apparently used them to satisfy her own addition. In 2011, Talley made over $7,000 in cash deposits to bank accounts she owned or controlled.

On Aug. 18, 2011, investigators with the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Virginia State Police interviewed Talley, who admitted to ordering hydrocodone. Later that same day, an investigator recovered a pill bottle containing hydrocodone from her home. It matched shipments of hydrocodone ordered by Talley and received by Dr. Becker’s office two days earlier.

Talley faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. She will be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2017.