Minnesota pharmacist charged with stealing 20000 pills

West Metro Pharmacist Accused of Stealing Drugs

Minnesota pharmacist charged with stealing 20000 pills

He allegedly stole 20,000 pills and makes his first court appearance Monday, April 30, to face four counts of theft by swindle, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Jeffrey Grothaus is charged with four counts of theft by swindle, accused of stealing 20,000 pills of five different drugs between May 1, 2015 and August 2, 2016.

Grothaus, of Maple Grove, was charged by summons.

Authorities say Health Partners opened an internal investigation in July, 2016 after five different controled substances were stolen from its Park Nicollet pharmacies in Minnetonka and Wayzata.

The complaint also alleges it appeared adjustments were constantly being made at the Wayzata pharmacy on Wednesdays, when Grothaus was working there. However, in a search of all HealthPartners/Park Nicollet pharmacies those pills could not be located elsewhere, according to the charges.

The complaint states Grothaus was identified as the key suspect.

Grothaus worked at Park Nicollet pharmacies in Minnetonka and Wayzata, where he manipulated inventory records of medications like Ambien and pocketed the pills, according to the complaint. And that with each adjustment, it was possible to verify the exact date and time the adjustment was made in the pharmacy's management system. However, video from the store showed Grothaus at that station making the adjustment, then returning to his work area.

Authorities also say Grothaus can be seen adjusting inventory levels of Zolpidem, a sleep aid, after putting an item into his pocket and then placing it in his locker.

On Nov. 4, 2016, Grothaus signed a stipulation and consent order admitting he began stealing drugs in June or July of 2012.

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