2012-02-20 / Front Page

Former pharmacist pleads guilty

The Associated Press

BANGOR — The former head pharmacist for the Penobscot Indian Nation’s defunct mail- order pharmacy faces sentencing after pleading guilty to soliciting and taking kickbacks from Internet drug companies.

Reginald Gracie Jr. pleaded guilty in U. S. District Court in Portland on Friday to receiving kickbacks and filing false tax returns.

The 40-year-old Gracie, who lives in Bowdoin, was charged with receiving more than $120,000 from six online companies in 2006 in return for making sure the tribe’s mail- order pharmacy, known as PIN Rx, filled the prescriptions of the companies’ customers.

Gracie faces up to 10 years in prison on the kickback charge and three years on the tax charges. A sentencing date has not been slated.

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