Jamestown Nurse Charged With Distributing Pain Killers

A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a Jamestown woman with unlawful distribution of pain killers, U.S. attorney William Hochul announced.

Samilyn Olson, 46, was indicted on 17 counts for distributing oxycodone, obtaining oxycodone through fraud, forgery and subterfuge and conspiring to do so. The conspiracy and distribution counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, Hochul said.

Olson worked as a nurse at the Jamestown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 608 W. Third St., which provides medical services to Veterans Affairs patients.

It is alleged that between May and September 2010, Olson on eight occasions stole prescription forms from a nurse practitioner at the clinic, forged a name and wrote prescriptions for oxycodone.

The prescriptions were then filled by Olson or others at a local pharmacy in Jamestown, said assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch.

Olson made an initial court appearance Thursday in Buffalo and was released.