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Sharon L. Potter

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August 5, 2009

Former Pharmacy Employee Sentenced as Part of the
United States Attorney’s Office’s Operation Pill Broker


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 53 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on July 27, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that MARY ANN MCCARDLE was sentenced to three years probation with the first six months to be served under home detention. MCCARDLE entered a plea of guilty on April 8, 2009, to one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone. In the Fall of 2008, the pharmacist of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy located on National Road in Wheeling, discovered a shortage of hydrocodone pills (Vicoprofen). From in-store security cameras, MCCARDLE, a pharmacy tech, was captured on an October 14, 2008, video with stealing hydrocodone pills and putting them in her pocket. When confronted by agents on October 24, 2008, 88 vicroprofen pills were recovered from MCCARDLE’s residence. As a result of the felony plea, both under federal regulations and pharmacy board rules, MCCARDLE loses her certification as a pharmacy tech. MCCARDLE has relinquished her license.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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