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Allen County, Kentucky, Residents Sentenced For Roles In Stealing Then Selling Hydrocodone Pills From A Scottsville, Kentucky, Pharmacy

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

– Former pharmacy employee and co-defendants admitted to conspiring with each other to sell and distribute the stolen hydrocodone pills worth $29,808

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The former employee of Stovall’s Prescription Shop, located in Scottsville, Kentucky, and two co-defendants were sentenced today in United States District Court, for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute the pain killer hydrocodone, that was stolen by the employee, and, for conspiring to sell over $5,000 of stolen hydrocodone, that had not been made available to consumers for retail purchase, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Lynn Harper Denton, Jeffery Clay Stinson and Katherine Virginia Rookstool, all from Allen County, Kentucky had pleaded guilty to various charges in a seven count federal indictment and were sentenced today by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Junior. Stinson was sentenced to 27 months in prison, forfeited $1,117.67 and ordered to serve three years of supervised release. Rookstool and Denton were both sentenced to two years’ probation with 8 months of home incarceration. Denton forfeited $5,718.51 and two vehicles; a 2002 Ford Mustang and a 2009 Pontiac G6. Rookstool forfeited $6,500. All three defendants jointly and severally are liable for $3,000 in restitution to Stovall’s Prescription Shop.

According to their plea agreements, between May 2012, and continuing to October 16, 2012, in Allen County, Kentucky, Denton, a former employee of Stovall’s Prescription Shop, conspired with Stinson and Rookstool, to knowingly possess and distribute hydrocodone. Denton admitted to stealing over 10,000 hydrocodone pills from Stovall’s Prescription Shop and selling them to Rookstool, who then sold the pills to Stinson. Stinson sold the pills to others.

Further, Denton admitted that while employed at Stovall’s Prescription Shop, between May 2012, and continuing through October 16, 2012, that she and Rookstool conspired to sell and distribute over $5,000 of stolen hydrocodone that had not been made available to consumers for retail purchase. This is a violation of 18 USC § 670 (theft of medical products) and is the first such prosecution in the Western District of Kentucky. The retail value of the stolen hydrocodone was $29,808.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and was investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, Owensboro domicile, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scottsville Police Department.

Updated December 15, 2014