Ex-pharmacy tech gets probation on narcotics charges
By Liz Zemba
Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A 65-year-old former pharmacy technician who prosecutors said helped a Fayette County pharmacist sell narcotics without prescriptions was accepted into a probationary program for first-time, nonviolent offenders on Thursday.
Georgette Fike of Grindstone was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program, or ARD, for a period of 12 months on conspiracy charges following a hearing before Senior Judge Ralph Warman.
Fike worked for pharmacist Ed Wilcox at Wilcox's former pharmacy on Main Street in Republic, Redstone Township.
In criminal complaints, prosecutors said Wilcox sold Vicodin and Xanax, both narcotics, to a female informant nine times between March 2011 and May 2012.
Wilcox, whose pharmacy license has since been suspended, was sentenced in July to two years of intermediate punishment, to be followed by two years' probation.
Fike told Warman she was only following Wilcox' directions when she gave one or two narcotic tablets at a time to a confidential police informant who posed as a customer.
She said she believed Wilcox owed the tablets to the customer from a previously filled prescription.
“What (Wilcox) told me to do, I just did my job,” Fike said.
Her attorney, Brent Peck of Uniontown, said the case could have been defended at trial, but Fike sought ARD because some jurors might have been convinced she knew the customer did not have a prescription.
If Fike completes the ARD program successfully, she can petition the courts to have her record expunged.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or email@example.com.
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