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Former Pharmacist Convicted Of Unlawful Possession Of Regulated Drugs

CONTACT: Evan Meenan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

June 1, 2012

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State, Albert Crease, of Northfield, Vermont has pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of regulated drugs.

The charges resulted from a criminal investigation by the Berlin Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. According to documents filed with the court, while working as a pharmacist at the Shaw’s Osco Pharmacy, Mr. Crease unlawfully and repeatedly obtained Hydrocodone pills and gave them to a female acquaintance. Mr. Crease was terminated from the pharmacy on May 28, 2011, and the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation has indefinitely suspended his pharmacist license.

Mr. Crease was originally charged with three felony counts of unlawfully dispensing regulated drugs. Pursuant to the terms of the parties’ plea agreement, the State amended the first two charges to misdemeanors and dismissed the third charge. The Court imposed a sentence of 6 to 24 months all suspended with probation, together with 180 hours of community service, $617.87 in restitution, and a condition of probation that Mr. Crease abide by all licensing restrictions and requirements imposed by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy. In entering into this plea agreement, the State considered Mr. Crease’s, remorse, cooperation with the investigation and the suspension of his pharmacy license.

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