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Pharmacy Manager Sentenced to Probation for Obtaining Opiates By Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Brian Thomas Badgley, 37, of Waterbury, Vermont was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christina Reiss to three years of probation after his conviction for obtaining controlled substances by fraud in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 843(a)(3).  

According to court records and proceedings, while employed as a pharmacy manager of the CVS located in Berlin, Vermont, Badgley tampered with a bottle of Hydromorphone oral solution by removing a quantity for his own use, and then diluting the remaining contents of the bottle with liquid Benadryl and distilled water.  Badgley then reattached the tamper seal on the bottle with clear tape and returned the diluted Hydromorphone oral solution to the inventory of the pharmacy, from which it could have been administered to pharmacy patients.  Badgley also obtained Hydromorphone tablets and Hydromorphone solution through misrepresentations and fraud, specifically by entering false entries into the pharmacy ordering system, entering false pill counts into the inventory system, and diluting the oral solution.  

According to court records and the public records of various state boards of pharmacy, Badgley stole hydromorphone tablets in 2015 as an employee of a pharmacy in Texas, and stole hydromorphone tablets in 2016 from a Vermont hospital at which he had been previously employed.  These prior instances resulted in the State of Vermont’s Board of Pharmacy placing strict conditions on his license to practice pharmacy.  Badgley’s license was fully reinstated in 2020, and then suspended on September 24, 2021 when the Board became aware of the new allegations of tampering and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.   

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation, and the Berlin Police Department.

Badgley was represented by Robert Sussman, Esq. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt represented the United States.

Updated November 1, 2022

Consumer Protection
Prescription Drugs
Health Care Fraud