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Gillett Pharmacist Facing Drug Fraud/Theft Charges
Issue Date: February 28, 2018
Angela M. Lane, 39, formerly of Sobieski and now of Green Bay, is facing theft and fraud charges involved with illegal diversion of nearly $10,000 of medications from the HSHS St. Claire Pharmacy in Gillett when she was manager there from 2013 through January 25, 2017.
The counts against Lane, filed on Dec. 21, 2017, include two felony charges - obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and theft of $5,000 to $10,000 - and a misdemeanor theft charge. She faces the possibility of up to six years in prison on each of the two felony counts and nine months in jail or prison on the misdemeanor theft count in addition to possible fines.
At an initial appearance in Oconto County Circuit Court on Friday, Feb. 2 Lane waived her right to a preliminary examination and entered pleas of not guilty. She is free on a $10,000 signature bond.
Lane was the pharmacist at Gillett when the former Community Memorial Hospital, an operation of the Eastern Wisconsin Division of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), opened its pharmacy there in 2013.
Lane is accused of stealing various amounts of drugs containing pain killers and amphetamines, most commonly sold under brand names of Vicodin and Adderall.
The diversion of drugs was discovered on Jan. 24, 2017, when a woman called the pharmacy manager to report that that Lane had offered to give her the drugs at a private residence after she complained of being tired and having back pain. An audit done that night revealed that either did not enter receipts in inventory log books or wrote receipts for less than what had been received. Lane was confronted the next morning and resigned her position that day.
Value of the missing hydrocodone-acetamenophen was listed as about $7,490, and the amphetamine salts had a value of about $2,268, for a total value of $9,758. The thefts allegedly occurred between Oct. 4, 2014, and Jan. 24, 2017.
Lane's pharmacist license was suspended by the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board on April 6 of 2017, with a notation that the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is investigating allegations that she diverted large amounts of controlled substances. The informal suspension order notes that Lane neither admits nor denies the allegations, but had consented to the suspension until either a formal order is issued or the case is closed.