Monday, December 9, 2013

Osburn Pharmacist Sentenced - Ordered to Pay $75,594 in Restitution for Misappropriating Controlled Substances

COEUR D’ALENE — Steven R. Milot, 66, of Kellogg, Idaho, was sentenced to three years’ probation for wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Milot to pay $75,594 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

Milot was employed as a pharmacist at Osburn Drug in Kellogg for many years. In 2012, video surveillance recorded Milot misappropriating controlled substances. Idaho State Police executed a search warrant at Milot’s residence and found large quantities of various controlled substances that were not prescribed to him.

Milot pleaded guilty to the charge on August 20, 2013. In court, Milot admitted misappropriating controlled substances from Osburn Drug for three to four years and maintained that he personally used all of the controlled substances he took. A pill audit revealed that 1,817 Oxycodone IR five milligram tablets, 6,098 OxyContin forty milligram tablets, 580 sixty milligram OxyContin tablets, and 2,356 OxyContin eighty milligram tablets were missing, among others. Milot ordered the controlled substances via wire transmissions to avoid detection. Milot’s criminal activities caused restitution due and owing of $75,594 to Osburn Drug.

The case was investigated by the Idaho State Police, the Tactical Diversion Group of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Shoshone County Prosecutor’s Office.