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Charge filed in local woman's overdose death

Charge filed in local woman's overdose death

Man allegedly supplied fentanyl

ALBANY -- A Schenectady County woman's 2016 overdose death has led to federal charges against the man who allegedly supplied her the drugs, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Daniel J. Fillerup, 34, of Albany, appeared in federal court Friday on one count of distributing fentanyl resulting in death and was ordered held.

If convicted, Fillerup would face up to life in prison.

Fillerup allegedly distributed fentanyl to the woman, identified by prosecutors only by her initials "K.C.", in Schenectady on Sept. 29, 2016. She then overdosed and died, police say.

When it became apparent that she was in distress from using drugs, Fillerup brought her to Ellis Hospital, where minutes later he left her there. Schenectady police found him later that day.

The woman's cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to fentanyl intoxication.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Schenectady Police Department, with assistance from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department. 

Fillerup's prosecution follows federal prosecutions in two other Schenectady-connected overdose deaths.

Matthew Charo, of Saratoga Springs, received 10 years in prison in December for his role in the death of Saratoga Springs resident Katie-Lynn Scheidt. Charo accompanied Scheidt to Schenectady in October 2014 to purchase heroin for her. She later overdosed on the drug and died.

Also, Ronald Showers received 54 months in federal prison last summer for his role in the death of a Schenectady woman. He admitted he put a bundle of heroin in her car. She was found dead the next day with the bundle in her bedroom. A rubber band on the bundle carried traces of Showers' DNA.

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