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Pharmacist Charged With Unlawfully Dispensing Regulated Drugs

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

March 9, 2012

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Albert Crease, of Northfield, Vermont has been charged with three counts of unlawfully dispensing regulated drugs. Each count carries a possible prison term of not more than three years, a fine of not more than $75,000 or both.

The charges resulted from an internal investigation conducted by the Loss Prevention Department of the Shaw’s Osco Pharmacy in Berlin Vermont, and a subsequent criminal investigation by the Berlin Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. The affidavit filed with the court alleges that, while working as a pharmacist at the Shaw’s Osco Pharmacy, Mr. Crease unlawfully dispensed prescription narcotics and depressants to a female acquaintance. Also according to the affidavit, Mr. Crease was terminated from the pharmacy on May 28, 2011, and the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation indefinitely suspended his pharmacist license.

Following his arraignment, on March 8, 2012, Mr. Crease was released on conditions, including that he not buy, have, or use regulated drugs without a prescription.

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