Pharmacy manager charged with embezzling


First Posted: 11/23/2009

DOBSON A local pharmacy manager has been arrested on felony embezzlement and drug charges after an investigation by the Dobson Police Department.
The case involving Christina Lynn Hash, 29, of 418 E. Atkins St., includes the alleged diversion of prescription medication, according to Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers.
As a result of the investigation, Hash was dismissed as pharmacy manager of Kerr Drug in Dobson, 101 E. Atkins St., Myers added. She also has surrendered her pharmacist license to the N.C. Board of Pharmacy.
Hash was arrested Friday on five felony charges: two counts of embezzlement, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession with intent to manufacture a Schedule III controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule III controlled substance. She also is accused of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, foil, straws, balloons, smoking devices and a pill crusher.
The charges stem from a Dobson police probe into alleged suspicious activity at the pharmacy managers residence. After an extensive investigation, a search warrant was obtained for that address on Nov. 14, which was executed the next day by town officers and members of the Surry County Sheriffs Office.
Controlled substances and the drug paraphernalia allegedly were located during the search. As pharmacy manager at the local store, Hash then became the prime focus of the probe and further investigation with the help of the N.C. Board of Pharmacy revealed that the diversion of prescription medication had occurred.
As soon as evidence was obtained about the diversion of prescription medications, Kerr Drug was notified and Hash was relieved from her duties, Myers said in a written statement issued Sunday evening. She surrendered her phamacist license to the state credentialing agency on Friday, the same day she was charged.
Hash is free under a $75,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Jan. 5.

Customers Assured
Hash is said to have been cooperative throughout the investigation, and no evidence has surfaced that any prescriptions were improperly filled for Kerr Drug customers, according to the police chief. He stressed that there should be no concerns about any prescriptions at the store in reference to the case involving Hash.
The investigation is continuing in the case against the former pharmacy official and at least one other person as Dobson awaits lab results from the State Bureau of Investigation, Myers added.

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