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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Des Moines Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Drug Diversion and Tax Evasion

DES MOINES, IA – On November 6, 2014, Mark Graziano, principal owner of Bauder Pharmacy, and A. Michael Enloe, pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, announced United States Attorney Nick Klinefeldt. Graziano also pled guilty to tax evasion.

“In addition to cheating on his taxes, Graziano has now admitted that he illegally sold hydrocodone pills out of Bauder Pharmacy” stated Nick Klinefeldt. “This occurred over five years, and involved hundreds of thousands of pills. Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in this state and across the country. It wreaks havoc on the lives of all those involved. It has also been demonstrated to lead to the addiction of even more dangerous drugs, such as heroin. Though Graziano is a pharmacist, this activity had nothing to do with legitimate pharmacy practice. Graziano was a drug dealer: plain and simple.”

Sentencing is scheduled for February 6, 2015. If the Court accepts the terms of the plea agreement, Graziano faces a period of imprisonment between 24 and 37 months, and Enloe will be placed on probation for a period of one to five years. Graziano has also agreed to forfeit the property listed in the Notice of Forfeiture in the Second Superseding Indictment, and the parties have agreed that the property may be sold and the proceeds applied to restitution.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Prosecution of this matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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