Mount Olive pharmacy embezzlement case heads to grand jury

By William Holloman

Staff Writer

Felony charges against a Mount Olive woman were forwarded to a Wayne County Superior Court Grand Jury for further action.

Four counts of felony embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee were filed after an investigation some months ago against 49-year-old Tammie Strickland of 114 Everett Road. At that time, Ms. Strickland was a manager/pharmacy technician at the Center Street Pharmacy in downtown Mount Olive. The business has since closed.

She made her first appearance in Wayne County District Court in Goldsboro on Wednesday of last week. The case was waived to a Grand Jury to review action that may lead to a true bill of indictment at a yet-to-be determined date.

Mount Olive Police Chief Tommy Brown said a complainant told investigators he went to the pharmacy have a prescription filled, but was told it had already been filled. Chief Brown said the man inquired further after saying he had not filled the prescription, and was told by officials at the drugstore they would take care of the matter. A police report stated the complaint said when he learned the matter had not been taken care of, he then went to police.

Investigation resulted in the felony charges filed against Ms. Strickland. The warrants against her were served by officers with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. Bond on the four felony allegations totaled $10,000.

She was accused of fraud in obtaining hydrocodone pills, a prescription for pain relief. It is also an opiate that is highly addictive if used in large amounts.

Chief Brown said the incident was also turned over to state authorities with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. He said as far as he knows, state authorities are still looking into the extent of the issue.

Center Street Pharmacy at 128 West Center Street closed down around the first of the year.

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