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Pharmacist who gave M&Ms instead of pain pills resolves criminal case

Courts » Robert Lammle pleaded no contest to falsely obtaining or dispensing a prescription.

First Published Jun 17 2014 03:09 pm • Last Updated Jun 17 2014 09:22 pm

A Draper pharmacist accused of filling a fraudulent prescription with M&Ms instead of pain pills has resolved his court case, over two years after charges were filed.

Robert M. Lammle, 53, pleaded no contest in 3rd District Court on Monday to third-degree felony falsely obtaining or dispensing a prescription. The plea came as part of a plea in abeyance agreement, where Lammle agrees to violate no further laws and will complete community service. If Lammle follows the conditions for a year, the case against him will be dismissed.

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In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors also dismissed a charge of felony distribution of a controlled substance and misdemeanor theft by extortion.

Police allege that in October 2011, Lammle, a Kmart pharmacist, decided "to mess" around with the customer’s prescription after he verified with a doctor that the prescription for 240 oxycodone pills she provided was fraudulent.

He sold the woman a bottle of M&Ms for nearly $100, and when the customer complained, police say Lammle told her she’d have to illegally sell pain pills and give him $3,000 of the profits or he’d turn her in to cops.

Lammle, of Salt Lake City, later told Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he thought his "pressure" tactics would force the woman to get help and go to rehab for her purported drug addiction problems.

According to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s website, Lammle is still an active pharmacist who had no disciplinary action taken against him as of Tuesday.

DOPL officials issued a statement Tuesday that said they have been monitoring Lammle’s criminal case, and now that it is resolved, they are "considering potential licensing actions."

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller


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