Pharmacist And Four Others Indicted in Fifteen Million Drug Scheme

A North Carolina pharmacist is among five people indicted on charges related to a 15 million dollar scheme that provided powerful prescription drugs to thousands of customers nationwide.

Court papers say the 102-count indictment calls for the forfeiture of the money, about two-thirds of which went to pharmacist Alvin Woody, who owns stores in Mooresville and Denver.

The indictment alleges that between 2002 and 2006, the five conspired to use false prescriptions to distribute powerful and addictive prescription painkillers and anxiety medications. The government says the so-called prescriptions were actually drug orders with a photocopied doctor's signature, and were issued after a telephone conversation with the customer.

Woody faces two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

The four others are each charged with one count of conspiracy.