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Woman pleads guilty in Mingo County pharmacy theft

Federal prosecutors say Marcia Evans, 60, of Gilbert pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute the controlled substance Suboxone. (MGN Online)

Federal prosecutors said a woman has pleaded guilty in the largest pharmacy theft in West Virginia history since records have been maintained.

Marcia Evans, 60, of Gilbert pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute the controlled substance Suboxone, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia.

As part of her plea, Evans admitted her role in what the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has called the largest pharmacy theft in West Virginia since records have been maintained by the Board.

Evans was previously employed as a pharmacy technician at Riverside Pharmacy in Gilbert. Evans admitted that from 2014 to September 2016, she conspired with others to take Suboxone and Xanax from the supply at the pharmacy.

To conceal the shortage of controlled substances, Evans manipulated the controlled substance count in the pharmacy’s computers, prosecutors said.

An audit was performed comparing shipment records with distribution records at the pharmacy, and a shortage of more than 23,000 dosage units of Suboxone and more than 137,000 dosage units of Xanax was revealed.

Evans also admitted that she sold some of the Suboxone she stole from the pharmacy.

In a related prosecution, Evans’ coconspirator, Kimberly McCoy, also admitted to her role in stealing Suboxone and Xanax from Riverside Pharmacy. McCoy previously pleaded guilty to obtaining Suboxone by fraud.

When she is sentenced Oct. 2, Evans faces up to10 years in prison. McCoy faces up to 4 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 29.

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