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Former Erie Vets Home Pharmacist Sentenced for Stealing Drugs

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

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Union City, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to two years probation, ordered to pay $15,308.75 in restitution and a $1,000 fine, on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence on James Frederick Franks, 34.

According to information presented to the court, while Franks was employed as a chief pharmacist at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, he unlawfully obtained multiple dosage units of controlled substances for personal use.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Franks.

Updated October 15, 2019

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