GREENFIELD — A pharmacist faces a dozen felony charges after admitting he dipped into a store of narcotics at work, pocketing more than 780 painkiller pills over the past several months, court documents state.
Anthony Gamm, 49, of Greenwood, started working at the CVS/Pharmacy store in Greenfield early last year. After an audit of the store’s medication revealed discrepancies, he admitted that starting in October, he began logging prescriptions for fake patients and taking the pills himself, court records state.
Gamm is charged with 12 Class D felonies: six counts of theft and six counts of possession of a controlled substance. Each count carries a penalty of up to three years and up to $10,000 in fines.
Store officials raised questions early this month after an audit showed several prescriptions for narcotics were logged in the pharmacy’s records but did not appear on a dispensing report.
Each of the prescriptions was entered with Gamm’s initials, court records state.
Six record discrepancies were recorded between January and May 2014, all for Oxycontin, a powerful narcotic. Gamm told investigators he took the pills for personal use, court documents state. He said he suffers from neuropathy, a nerve disorder, but didn’t want to visit a doctor.
Gamm said when he wanted a prescription, he would make up a patient’s name, print the label and then place the prescription sticker in the log to account for the reduction in inventory. He then deleted the prescription from the pharmacy’s computer system, records state.
Several of the prescriptions, which were always for either 40 or 60 tablets, were written within two weeks of each other.
Gamm was arrested Friday afternoon and was released from the Hancock County Jail the same day on $1,000 bond.
His initial hearing in Hancock Superior Court I is set for mid-September, a court clerk said.
A CVS, spokesman, Michael DeAngelis, confirmed Monday that Gamm no longer works for the company.
“Drug diversion is a serious criminal offense that we work hard to prevent in our pharmacies,” he said. “We have security procedures in place to detect such activities when they do occur and we cooperate fully with law enforcement and regulators in any investigation into these incidents.”