Al­berta phar­ma­cists plead guilty to tak­ing se­cret com­mis­sions

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

Two phar­ma­cists in south­ern Al­berta pleaded guilty to tak­ing se­cret com­mis­sions val­ued at more than $300,000.

Evan King and Kathryn Kaiser were each given an 18-month con­di­tional sen­tence when they ap­peared in provin­cial court in Medicine Hat on Mon­day. The sen­tence in­cludes house ar­rest for the first six months fol­lowed by a cur­few.

King and Kaiser, co-man­agers at a Co-op phar­macy in Medicine Hat, faced charges of fraud and theft over $5,000.

An agreed state­ments of facts says the pair ac­cepted in­cen­tives from mul­ti­ple phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies — as is com­mon in the in­dus­try for phar­ma­cies that do busi­ness with a com­pany.

Under Co-op pol­icy, in­cen­tives are the prop­erty of the store, but be­tween 2010 and 2015, the two ac­cepted gift cards and paid travel with­out telling their em­ployer.

King ’s de­fence lawyer pre­sented a cheque for $100,000 to the Co-op on Mon­day. The judge also or­dered King to pay an­other al­most $44,000 in resti­tu­tion.

Court heard Kaiser ben­e­fited in the amount of al­most $178,000. She was or­dered to pay back $200 a month for the first 15 months of her sen­tence. Fisher is­sued her a resti­tu­tion or­der for the rest.

The Al­berta Col­lege of Phar­ma­cists dis­ci­plined both phar­ma­cists through tem­po­rary sus­pen­sions and fi­nan­cial penal­ties.

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