Pharmacist Gets 2 Years in Ohio Pain Pill Case

January 9, 2012 - 12:25 PM
Pharmacist Drug Charges

FILE-This undated photo released by the U.S. Marshal Service shows Harold Fletcher. Fletcher, linked by the government to two drug overdose deaths, was sentenced to two years in prison Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Fletcher was originally charged with more than 200 counts of illegally dispensing prescription drugs from his east side Columbus pharmacy. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal Service)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio pharmacist linked by the government to two drug overdose deaths has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Harold Fletcher was originally charged with more than 200 counts of illegally dispensing prescription drugs from his Columbus pharmacy.

A year ago, Fletcher pleaded guilty to one count of illegally dispensing pain pills. He also pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and hiding money by making cash deposits under a limit that triggers automatic bank review. He was sentenced Monday.

The 43-year-old Fletcher never faced criminal charges over the two 2009 overdoses.

Investigators say he filled prescriptions for both patients and that one had purchased her prescription at an alleged pill mill in southern Ohio that authorities described as little more than a corrupt drug house.