Local/Regional News
3:23 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Pharmacist Sentenced To 10 Years For Prescription Scam

An Eastern Kentucky pharmacy owner and his wife will do time in Federal Prison and forfeit property and funds gained by filling illegal prescriptions.

63-year old Charles Tenhet of London Kentucky pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  His wife Melissa Tenhet pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy. 

The two were filling prescriptions for customers with no legitimate medical purpose. 

United States Attorney Kerry Harvey says the couple will forfeit one million dollars, their home, several vehicles and personal property that was purchased with the money made from the scam.

"The price of his illegal activity was pretty high for Mr. Tenhet but it was well deserved because he has an obligation to the patients that he serves and to his profession to do better than this," said U-S Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.  "He let down his profession and he essentially used his professional license as a front to become a drug dealer," Harvey said.

Charles Tenhet admitted that customers came to Community Drug and Medi-Center Drug stores to fill illegitimate oxycodone prescriptions which he and his wife instructed employees to fill.  Charles Tenhet will serve 10 years in federal prison.  Melissa Tenhet was sentenced to 12-months and one day.