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Twin Falls Former Pharmacy Technician Sentenced for Diverting Controlled Substances

MAY 19 (BOISE, Idaho) – Krista Federer, 46, of Twin Falls, Idaho, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for distributing a controlled substance.  U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Federer to serve three years of supervised release, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

According to the plea agreement, Federer worked as a pharmacy technician in a pharmacy in Twin Falls, Idaho. She stole and sold bottles of controlled substance prescriptions from the pharmacy stock to another individual without a prescription and outside the normal course of standard pharmacy practice. Generally, Federer arranged for the sales by text message and then put pill bottles in her car glove box in the pharmacy parking lot, where another individual retrieved the controlled substances and left payments. Specifically, on October 6, 2014, Federer illegally sold two bottles, each containing 100 pills of 20 mg oxycodone, and two bottles, each containing 100 pills of Dilaudid 4 mg (hydromorphone) for a total of $1,200. On October 14, 2014, Federer committed a similar diversion of controlled substances from her employer pharmacy by placing in her glove box three bottles, each containing 100 pills of oxycodone 30 mg, in exchange for $1,500. All of these are Schedule II controlled substances.

The case was investigated by the Twin Falls Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led Tactical Diversion Squad which is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the DEA, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise Police Department, Idaho State Police, Meridian Police Department, Nampa Police Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

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