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September 11, 2013

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Johnson City Pharmacist Sentenced To Serve Five Years Probation

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Thomas Patrick Rowan, 59, of Johnson City, was sentenced on September 11, 2013, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve five years on federal supervised probation and a fine of $2,500. Rowan also agreed to a $75,000 forfeiture as a result of his conviction.

Rowan was charged in an information in April 2013, and pleaded guilty on April 30, 2013, to one count of obtaining oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, by fraud and one count of providing false or fraudulent information in reports concerning controlled substance inventories. Rowan was a pharmacist who owned and operated pharmacies in Johnson City and Fall Branch at the time of these offenses.

“Our office takes all cases involving oxycodone and other prescribed controlled substances very seriously. Prescription controlled substance abuse is an epidemic in east Tennessee and we work aggressively to ensure that the controlled substance laws are enforced,” stated U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Division were involved in this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys M. Suzanne Kerney-Quillen and Helen C.T. Smith represented the United States.

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