Ex-tribal pharmacist pleads guilty

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A former Chickasaw Nation Health Services
pharmacist has pleaded guilty to embezzling drugs from an Ada

Federal prosecutors say Hugh Edward Work pleaded guilty to theft
or embezzlement in connection with health care and embezzlement or
theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Work was accused of stealing $150,000 worth of drugs from the
Carl Albert Indian Health Center and selling them to an Oklahoma
City pharmacist. U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling says preliminary calculations indicate Work likely will face 18 to 37 months in prison.

Work is free pending sentencing which will be scheduled following a presentencing report.

-The Associaterd Press

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