A former pharmacy chief at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center has been charged with stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills, worth an estimated $5.6 million on the street.
Bridget Brennan, the city's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, said Anthony D'Allesandro took advantage of his position as head of the pharmacy.
"He knew the systems well enough to recognize that there was very little by way of cross-checking in the manner in which he signed it out," Brennan said. "He signed out the pills for research purposes."
In a statement, Mount Sinai Beth Israel said it received an anonymous tip, which led to an internal investigation. The matter was referred to narcotics prosecutors, and D'Alessandro was fired.
Brennan said the case is indicative of a growing drug abuse problem in the city.
"We certainly have noted a big spike up in the number of overdose deaths attributed to the misuse of opioid prescription pills and we've seen a huge spike-up in the black market," Brennan said.
D'Alessandro's lawyer said his client is not a drug lord. He also said D'Alessandro told a hospital investigator he had a drug problem.
With The Associated Press