Pharmacist sentenced for tampering & stealing narcotics

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that Kenyon Neal Lyle, Jr. was sentenced in Richland, Washington to a 48 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by an additional thirty six month term of supervision following release from Federal prison. Lyle, who previously worked as a licensed Pharmacist, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of Tampering With Consumer Products and seven counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud.

The Superseding Indictment in this case charged that, during the Summer and Fall of 2009, the Kenyon Neal Lyle, Jr. tampered with the narcotic drug Fentanyl, by opening the manufacturer's box containing Fentanyl transdermal patches, removing the patches, re-gluing the manufacturer's box and returning the then-empty manufacturer's boxes to a secured narcotics storage cabinet in the pharmacy where he worked. This fact came to light after a pharmacy customer, who received two empty boxes, filed a report with the Kennewick Police Department. Further investigation revealed other empty manufacturer’s boxes, as well as theft of Fentanyl and other controlled substances by Lyle using multiple means, included the destruction of records to conceal the theft of a shipment of Fentanyl, altering existing prescriptions to divert controlled substances, as well as the creation of fictitious prescription for a non-existent pharmacy customers to divert controlled substances. During this offense, the Lyle was a licensed Pharmacist working at pharmacies in Kennewick and Richland, Washington.