Former St. Elizabeths Hospital Chief Pharmacist Pleads Guilty

On January 9, 2008, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jeffrey A. Taylor announced that Raymond Jackson, former Chief Pharmacist at St. Elizabeths Hospital, pleaded guilty to stealing $95,000 of medication from the hospital. Taylor waived his right to be be indicted by a federal grand jury and instead entered a plea agreement a one count information charging him with theft or embezzlement in connection with health care in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 669.606632_pills_pills_pills_3.jpg
Jackson, 48, of Ashford Drive, Waldorf, Maryland, will face up to ten years of incarceration when he is sentenced by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on May 2, 2008. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the advisory sentence Jackson faces is between 24 and 30 months in prison. The guidelines’ recommended sentence sentence takes into consideration specific offense characteristics including a loss in excess of $200,000 and abuse of position of trust. Jackson will be ordered to pay restitution of $95,000 to St. Elizabeths and $140,882 to Kaiser Foundation Health Care Plan.
“This investigation demonstrates the commitment of the law enforcement community to root out health care fraud and theft. This case is particularly egregious because Mr. Jackson abused the trust vested in him to care for the mentally ill of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Taylor.
According to the statement of the offense signed and agreed to by Jackson, in 1997, Raymond Jackson began working as a staff pharmacist at St. Elizabeths Hospital (St. Elizabeths), which is located in the District of Columbia, under the auspices of the Public Health Service.
John W. Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan at Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster and who was found not guilty by reason of insanity has remained under institutional psychiatric care at St. Elizabeths since then.
In 2002, Jackson became the Chief Pharmacist of St. Elizabeths and had the rank of Commander in the Public Health Service. In this position, Jackson supervised the staff pharmacists of the hospital and was responsible for both the main medicine storeroom and the satellite pharmacies of the hospital. Jackson remained the Chief Pharmacist of St. Elizabeths throughout the period described in this Information.
Starting about July 2003, Jackson began selling medications through a company called Jackson Pharmacy, which had been created by himself and his wife. The medications sold through Jackson Pharmacy were taken by Jackson from St. Elizabeths or by Jackson’s wife, Brenda Jackson, from pharmacies of Kaiser Permanente at which she worked in Maryland. The medications taken by Raymond Jackson were mostly psychotropic medications, although some were medications for physical ailments such as hypertension. No controlled substances were taken by either Jackson or his wife. The total value of the medications sold by Jackson and his wife was $235,882. Raymond Jackson admits that $95,000 of this amount is attributable to the medications he took from St. Elizabeths.
Jackson’s wife has pled guilty for her role in the crime in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
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