Local man sentenced on federal drug conviction

A Newnan man who was part of a group of 13 people convicted in 2011 of conspiring to possess and distribute oxycodone was sentenced on June 10 to three years probation for his role in the crime.

Terry Randy Wallace, 24, was sentenced in federal court on June 10 to three years probation. Wallace on May 11, 2011, entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiring to possess oxycodone with intent to distribute. Wallace was one of 13 people from around metro Atlanta receiving sentences ranging from time served in prison and probation up to 14 years in prison.

“These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain. We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe.”   

Yates said the charges and other information presented in court included Marietta resident Kristen Noelle Goduto, “... leading these 12 defendants in a conspiracy to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute it. Goduto manufactured prescriptions for oxycodone and recruited others to pass the forged prescriptions throughout the northern district of Georgia. The majority of the other defendants sentenced (June 10) assisted her by passing the prescriptions.” 

Yates said the prescriptions would appear legitimate and would often pass through pharmacies because Goduto would either replace the doctor’s office number with her cellular telephone number so she could falsely verify that the prescription was legitimate, or she kept the doctor’s true number but either had the prescriptions passed on nights or weekends when the doctor’s office was closed. 

“For one doctor, she recruited an individual who worked at the doctor’s office who would falsely verify prescriptions. By passing these forged prescriptions, this conspiracy obtained, or attempted to obtain, over 30,000 pills of oxycodone,” said Yates.

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