This story is horrible on two different levels. The first one is the crime of stealing, obviously. But the second one is that the drugs which were stolen could have gone to veterans.
Our vets deserve so much better than this. Hopefully, President Trump will be looking into this quickly.
The Daily Caller reports:
VA Employees Charged With Stealing Prescription Drugs To Sell On The Street
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have been charged with stealing prescription medications like oxycodone and Viagra to sell on the street.
Satishkumar Patel, Alisha Pagan and Nikita Neal have all been charged with conspiring together to steal and distribute highly addictive drugs, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, Christopher Thyer said in a press release. Thyer is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Out of the three, Patel and Pagan are staring down additional charges, including intent to deliver oxycodone, THV11 reports.
Management at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System complained to the VA inspector general that large quantities of drugs were disappearing from the system.
A subsequent investigation in 2016 found that Patel, a pharmacy technician at the time, had put in large orders for thousands of oxycodone and hydrocone pills, 308 ounces of cough syrup and 14,000 Viagra and Cialis pills. He then gave the medication to Pagan, another pharmacy technician, who then passed it to Neal to deal out.
These criminals deserve jail for this.
It’s a betrayal of veterans and the taxpayers.