GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The former director of sales at Kentwood Pharmacy has been sentenced for his part in a scheme to repackage and resell old drugs.
Richard Clarke was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison: nine and a half years for the drug scheme, and an additional four and a half years after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge. He will also serve five years supervised release.
Clarke was complicit in a plan to collect old drugs from nursing and adult foster care homes, repackage them and then resell them as new. Federal investigators say the mislabeling scheme defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan out of up to $60 million. And the plan was dangerous — authorities say it could have led to cross-contamination, which can be lethal for people with drug allergies.
The feds say the owner of the pharmacy, Kim Mulder, and 16 of his employees — including Clarke — were involved. More than a dozen people were arrested and charged. Most have entered pleas. Mulder, the alleged ringleader, is scheduled to stand trial in March.
Clarke also admitted to giving some of the drugs to a 16-year-old and then taking pornographic images of the teen.
The former chief pharmacist of Kentwood Pharmacy, Lawrence Harden, was sentenced last week to six years in prison.
Restitution for both Clarke and Harden will be determined at a later date, after everyone involved in the drug scheme is sentenced.