GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The license of a nurse who worked for a pharmacy that was illegally repacking and reselling old drugs has been suspended.
Michele Shedd, a license practical nurse, worked in the billing department and was a customer service representative for Kentwood Pharmacy.
Federal authorities raided the pharmacy in 2010. They found that a total of 17 people, including owner Kim Mulder, were involved in a scheme to collect old drugs from nursing and foster home, repackage them and resell them as new. The scheme defrauded the government and insurance companies out of about $60 million, authorities say, and caused the dangerous risk of cross-contamination of drugs.
On Jan. 30, Shedd was convicted of a federal charge of causing drugs held for sale to be misbranded after shipment in interstate commerce for her part in the scheme. She was sentenced to three years probation and $5,100 in criminal penalties.
Shedd’s license was suspended following the conviction, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
LARA says the state’s Public Health Code requires a license to be suspended if a holder is convicted of a felony.
Most of the people involved in the scheme have been charged and entered pleas. Some have already been sentenced.