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Kansas R.Ph. Pleads Guilty to Blood Drawing Scam

Magazine article Drug Topics

Kansas R.Ph. Pleads Guilty to Blood Drawing Scam

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A young Kansas pharmacist pleaded guilty to 16 counts of misdemeanor battery as part of a plea agreement stemming from charges that he duped at least 26 people into letting him draw blood samples for a nonexistent scientific study.

Prosecutors recommended that Corey Penner, 29, be sentenced to six months in jail on each of four of the counts, with the remaining 12 counts to run concurrently, according to his attorney, Jim Gillmore. However, the resulting twoyear jail term would be reduced to two years' probation. The Newton, Kans., pharmacist must also undergo, a mental health evaluation and participate in a victims and offenders program. Penner had originally been charged with 31 counts ot misdemeanor battery, but the other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement that the judge can accept or reject at sentencing on April 19.

Following the deal that may let him avoid jail time, Penner is seeking help for a mental health problem, said Gillmore. His client has been suspended from his job as a pharmacist for Dillon's supermarkets. He also agreed to not practice while the state pharmacy board investigates the case.

"Corey

is in the board's impaired pharmacist program to deal with the mental health issues," Gillmore said. "He does not have a substance-abuse problem. I assume the impaired pharmacist progran was the only group that could monitor this and deal with it."

Penner was able to convince at least 25 women and one man to give samples for scientific tests of blood enzymes for a study supposedly being conducted by a physician in Kansas City. …

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