Pharmacy Technician Indicted in Major Drug Diversion

April 25, 2011 – Cleveland, Ohio prosecutors have charged four people in a forty count indictment for allegedly conducting a major prescription drug diversion ring, dealing millions in painkillers.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors said that drugs were obtained with the help of a pharmacy insider and then sold on the street. Ebonie Hubbard, a pharmacy technician at a CVS pharmacy in Cleveland, has been charged as being the pharmacy insider who verified Drug Enforcement Administration codes used by doctors and pharmacists in the pharmacy computer files.

Angelina Artino and Angelica Oliver are accused of filing the prescriptions at various pharmacies throughout the area.

The alleged crime organizer, Willie M. Richardson, is accused of recruiting the others and managing the organization, reports ABC News.

By S. Imber