Former Chief Pharmacist Faces Federal Charges for Stealing Controlled Substances from Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie
The former chief pharmacist at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie faces federal charges for unlawfully taking more than 12,000 doses of controlled substances from the facility.
James F. Franks is charged with a single count of obtaining a controlled substance through fraud, which is a felony.
Investigators said it happened from July 2016 to July 2017 while Franks had access to a "full array" of medicines, controlled substances, pharmaceutical and medical products stocked in the pharmacy.
He obtained doses of the controlled substances listed below by removing the pills from the pharmacy shelves, surreptitiously taking the pills and removing them from the Soldiers and Sailors Home, according to the indictment.
Franks also attempted to conceal the theft of the controlled substances by altering the manual and electronic prescription drug logs and pharmacy software, the indictment said.
Investigators said he did not have any valid, legitimate prescriptions for the controlled substances taken from the pharmacy.
Franks was terminated in August 2017.
A representative for the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home said it has "cooperated fully with law enforcement in this matter."