The prescriptions being filled by Gbenedio between 2014 and 2016 were later found to be fake and illegal, and he charged his customers up to $1,000 to fill them, according to authorities.
After the jury found Gbenedio guilty in October, he attempted to flee the country to avoid imprisonment, Buchanan said. He was later arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
“As the nationwide trend toward the non-medical use of prescription drugs swells, the need for an organized, immediate and effective response increases correspondingly,” said Robert J. Murphy, special agent for the DEA Atlanta field division. “The abuse of a trusted medical professional (a pharmacist in this case) like Mr. Gbenedio will not be tolerated.”