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VA EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH STEALING DRUGS INTENDED FOR VETERANS

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

BOSTON, MASS. - A Dedham man was charged today in federal court with stealing the prescription drug, Oxycodone, intended for veterans.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Jeffrey G. Hughes, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General Northeast Field Office and Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that MICHAEL C. APRILLE, 45, of Dedham, Mass., was charged in a Information with acquiring Oxycodone by subterfuge or deception.

As outlined in the complaint affidavit, between January 21, 2010 and February 25, 2010, APRILLE, a courier employed by the Veterans Administration (VA), stole more than 1,000 pills containing Oxycodone from prescription packages he was entrusted to deliver from a VA pharmacy to a VA mail facility. The packages from which APRILLE stole the pills were intended for military veterans for their pain management.

If convicted on these charges, APRILLE faces up to four years imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the VA-OIG, the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad and the VA Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony E. Fuller of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

The details contained in the Information and Complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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