Three face felonies in pain pill probe
ELKHORN Two men face charges of conspiring with a pharmacy employee at a Lake Geneva Walgreens to illegally obtain prescription pain pills.
Daniel McNelly, 32, Mundelein, Ill., is charged with five felony counts of being party to dispensing prescribed drugs without a prescription. He is accused of buying the pills for $50 to $150 per refill from the employee identified in the complaint as Lindsey Gatz.
Paul Jackson, 36, Pleasant Prairie, is charged with identical counts.
According to a criminal complaint:
Police in November 2009 launched an investigation after visiting a Walgreens in Lake Geneva and hearing allegations that an employee had altered prescriptions to allow the illegal dispensing of drugs.
The pharmacy manager noticed prescriptions for Jackson and McNelly had numerous refills added to the original prescriptions dated March 2008.
A further examination of the refills showed they were initialed by Gatz.
When police talked to Gatz, she admitted altering the refills about 28 times from June 2008 to July 2009 for McNelly and Jackson. The altered prescriptions were for bottles of 120 pills of the prescription painkiller Hydrocodone.
Gatz pleaded guilty in July to three felony counts of illegally delivering prescribed drugs. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
Jackson is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing April 30 before Judge James Carlson.
McNelly is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing April 14 before Judge John Race.
Both men are free on signature bonds.
- Not guilty plea entered ...
By GAZETTE STAFF 09/03/11