Christine Crowley (Pharmacist) Jailed for Six Month on Fraud of €70,000
A pharmacist has been jailed for six months after she pleaded guilty to 21 counts of theft and fraud where she stole some €70,000 from the HSE in an elaborate scheme involving falsifying drug payment scheme claims.
The court was told that, together with her husband, she put all her pensions and savings into keeping the two pharmacies operating while the HSE had suspended all drug payments.
She no longer has any involvement in the businesses and is not allowed near the pharmacies.
Christine Crowley (72) from Main Street, Drimoleague, Co Cork, was sentenced to 2½ years in jail. Judge Seán Ó Donnahbáin suspended the final two years of the term in light of her age and her relatively poor health as well as her previous good character and unlikelihood of reoffending.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said that Crowley was a qualified pharmacist who used her expertise and familiarity with the HSE drug payment scheme to set about an elaborate fraud solely for her own financial gain and there was no doubt but that “the criminality was egregious”.
This New was published in Irish Times