A 52-year-old pharmacist faces a number of charges following an RCMP investigation into missing narcotics from the Safeway in Okotoks.

In October, RCMP members were notified of suspected theft at the Safeway store after loss prevention officers discovered pills had been diverted away from the store. Following an examination of the pharmacy’s records, investigators discovered more than 33,000 pills had been stolen over a five-year period.

RCMP identified a pharmacist as a suspect. Police allege the employee created fake patients, logged fake prescriptions under the fraudulent accounts and pocketed the pills.

As a result of the investigation, Leanne Rogalsky of Calgary was arrested and charged with:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Theft over $5,000
  • Breach of trust
  • Trafficking a controlled substance (15 counts)
  • Offences contrary to the Narcotics Control Regulations (15 alleged violations)

Rogalsky is scheduled to make her next court appearance on December 22, 2017 in Okotoks Provincial Court. The accused has been released from police custody.