Pharmacist arrested for getting prescription drugs illegally

Pharmacist arrested for getting prescription drugs illegally
Gary L. Yelton (Source: LMDC)
Gary L. Yelton (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A pharmacist has been arrested he was discovered filling, purchasing and pocketing prescription drugs intended for a customer.

Gary L. Yelton, 61, of Louisville, is charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud, false statement or forgery and unauthorized procurement of controlled substance.

Yelton was a pharmacist at the Jeffersontown CVS, located at 9575 Taylorsville Road. A Louisville Metro police arrest report says Yelton filled a prescription for oxycodone/acetaminophen, more commonly known as Percocet, and placed it in the bin for pickup. However, the woman who the prescription was for came to get it, she was told it was "unavailable."

A review of the store surveillance video showed Yelton taking the woman's prescription out of the pickup bin and going to the drive-thru cash register. Yelton paid for the prescription with his money and put the prescription in his pocket, according to the police report.

The store discovered that for a period of nearly two years, Yelton has been creating false customers in the pharmacy database to get controlled substances for himself. when asked by the store, Yelton admitted to what he had done. He said he used the medications for pain and anxiety.

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