Visalia Pharmacist Sentenced for Embezzlement, Forgery

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KINGS COUNTY – A Visalia pharmacist has been sentenced in Kings County Superior Court to three years’ probation, community service and addiction treatment courses for illegally obtaining controlled substances, forging prescriptions, and embezzlement.

Emily Clark was investigated by the Central Valley Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) – Investigation and Enforcement Unit after it was reported that she had stolen numerous narcotic medications from facilities in Hanford and Selma. Clark gained access to narcotics including Methadone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Soma, Demerol, and Dilaudid through her job as a pharmacist.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Clark had also forged prescriptions in order to obtain Adderall, by using the names, signatures, and Drug Enforcement Administration numbers of two physicians without their knowledge. Investigators also learned that Clark was previously arrested by the Fresno Police Department in 2013 for felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale or distribution and transportation of controlled substances with intent to sell or distribute. Clark will appear in court in Fresno County on June 3, 2015 related to those charges.

DOI Investigators arrested Clark on March 28, 2014. She initially faced 25 felony counts for embezzlement, theft, identity theft, burglary, forgery, passing false prescriptions, illegally obtaining controlled substances, possession of controlled substances, and possession of controlled substances for sale.

The sentence was the result of Clark’s No Contest plea to four felony counts on April 21, 2015.

The Board of Pharmacy has obtained a court order restricting Clark’s ability to work at any place where pharmaceuticals are the chief item of sale. The court order can be reviewed here.

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See News Release here.