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Rutland Pharmacist Charged With Obtaining Regulated Drugs By Fraud Or Deceit

CONTACT: Steven J. Monde, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

April 23, 2014

Brandon Cigana, age 32, of Whitehall, New York, was arraigned on April 21, 2014, in Vermont Superior Court for Rutland County, on one felony charge of obtaining a regulated drug by fraud or deceit. The charge stems from Mr. Cigana’s employment as a pharmacist at the Walgreens Pharmacy in Rutland, Vermont. According to court documents, Mr. Cigana deceitfully used his lawful access to the pharmacy’s inventory to obtain regulated drugs, including Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Suboxone, for himself without a prescription.

The felony charge against Mr. Cigana carries a maximum penalty of up to two years and one day imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5000.00. The court imposed conditions of release governing Mr. Cigana’s conduct while the case is pending. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit within the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the Rutland City Police Department.

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