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#1390938 - 03/08/13 04:56 PM Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS
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Guilty Plea For Pharmacist Who Stole More Than $90,000 From The New York State Medicaid Program

A pharmacist who owned and operated a Medicine Shoppe location in Chemung County has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $93,000 from the Medicaid program.

Shari DeGraw, the CEO of Utter Enterprises Inc./The Medicine Shoppe, pleaded guilty to Larceny in Chemung County Court after submitting phony Medicaid billings for pharmaceutical drugs, treatments and supplies that were never dispensed.

DeGraw, 50, of 267 Breesport Road, Horseheads, New York, pleaded guilty in Chemung County Court before Judge James T. Hayden, to one Count of Petit Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class A Misdemeanor. DeGraw will be sentenced to 5 years of probation and will be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $93,406.02.

According to the charges, from January 2005 thru December 2007, she billed the Medicaid program for approximately 18 different drugs, treatments and supplies that she did not purchase.

New York Attorney General » Media Center » Press Releases » March 8th 2013

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#1390958 - 03/08/13 07:54 PM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: newsman38]
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WTF - how is stealing $93,000 petit larceny? I want his lawyer and go in front of that judge.
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#1391010 - 03/09/13 01:28 AM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: sammy-kid]
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I was just going to ask the same question untill I read your reply. Not who you know ,but who you ---- might of counted in this crime. wasn't stealing a car at one time concidered Grand larceny? Be back I have to check this out
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#1391012 - 03/09/13 01:35 AM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: I did it!]
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Does this help your question? Mine was answered very clearly.
My opinion I think I'm on the right track of thoughts.
"Nasty" but hey. Got to do what needs to be done to stay out of jail. This whole story just blows me away.



Grand Theft Definition

Grand theft is the crime of taking someone else's property against their will with the intent of permanently depriving them of the property.

In order to be considered grand theft, the total value of what was taken must exceed a certain dollar amount. The value of the property stolen to constitute the crime as grand theft varies by locale and other specifics.

The term "property" in the grand theft definition can include money, labor, real, or personal property that lawfully belongs to another individual or group of individuals.

Grand Theft vs. Petty Theft

When the value of the stolen property does not exceed the specified dollar amount, the crime is considered petty theft. The law in all jurisdictions draws a legal distinction between petty and grand theft.

In most cases, petty theft is a misdemeanor crime that is punishable by no more than one year of incarceration and a maximum fine.

Most states consider grand theft a felony crime that carries the possibility of a much harsher penalty. The specific punishment for the felony crime of grand theft will often depend on the applicable state laws and the type of theft that took place.

Degrees of Grand Theft

Many jurisdictions classify grand theft crimes by degrees which indicate the severity of the criminal act. The degree of grand theft is often predicated by the value amount of the property that was stolen.

For example, in a given jurisdiction a fourth degree grand theft charge may involve a total $1,000 value of stolen property, whereas a first degree grand theft may involve stolen property valued at $10,000 or more.

The value amount that is associated with each degree, or level of offense, is determined by state and local law and can vary significantly by location.

Examples of Grand Theft

There are many acts which can be considered grand theft. They include:
•Shoplifting - defined as taking property, goods, or services from a place of business - can be considered grand theft if the value of the stolen goods exceeds the specified dollar amount.


•Vehicle theft is also considered grand theft as the value of most motor vehicles exceeds the value limit ascribed to petty theft.


•The taking of a firearm is considered grand theft and may be punishable by harsher penalties than grand theft of other goods similarly valued. The laws for grand theft of a firearm are often harsher due to the type of property stolen rather than the value of the property.


Grand Theft on the Rise

There are a few types of grand theft that have been on the rise in the United States. Credit card fraud, internet fraud, identity theft and the like are all white collar crimes for which an offender may be charged with grand theft.

It is estimated that 25 million Americans become the victims of consumer fraud, often considered a grand theft offense, each year.

When a person is charged with grand theft involving white collar fraud, they often face the same penalties as individuals charged with grand theft crimes involving tangibles like motor vehicles or merchandise from a business.

If you would like to learn more about grand theft and the specific laws in your state, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney who can evaluate your case to determine your rights and legal options
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#1391042 - 03/09/13 10:14 AM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: I did it!]
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thanks I did it, still sucks. someone steals a $300 tv from Wal Mart and gets 3 years in jail, this dirtbag gets probation for stealing $93,000. very corrupt justice system we have.
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#1391069 - 03/09/13 04:20 PM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: sammy-kid]
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sammy I have to agree. This sort of thing keeps going on and on.
After so many being busted for this type of crime these days you'd think one wouldn't try it.
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#1392560 - 03/18/13 12:32 AM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: sammy-kid]
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Imagine having a justice system where they arrest you for grand larceny (even though you are a victim of the crime) than after three years of their "justice" (chess game); after you are sooooo worn down and realize the sheriffs can conjure up evidence against you and get away with, you are told "pick your misdemeanor". Don't believe anything the media puts out - they are just pawns for the corrupt justice system. And the corrupt justice system are just pawns for a greedy corporate system. Each system choose to abrogate their moral responsibility to humanity.

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#1392724 - 03/19/13 01:55 AM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: Cowgirl]
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Originally Posted By: Cowgirl
Imagine having a justice system where they arrest you for grand larceny (even though you are a victim of the crime) than after three years of their "justice" (chess game); after you are sooooo worn down and realize the sheriffs can conjure up evidence against you and get away with, you are told "pick your misdemeanor". Don't believe anything the media puts out - they are just pawns for the corrupt justice system. And the corrupt justice system are just pawns for a greedy corporate system. Each system choose to abrogate their moral responsibility to humanity.


OTOH, based on your reply, it really sounds like you got caught with your hands in the cookie jar, and are now remorseful that you got caught. Does your legal defense team approve of you posting this here?

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#1392821 - 03/19/13 03:43 PM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: Rascal]
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Because we have no rights, anyone can make a claim; the sheriffs don't investigate, the justice system including the defense attorneys play the accused like a chess game, and the papers do what they are told instead of investigate. They do not care about the truth; therefore if an innocent individual is accused of a crime, they become guilty immediately and the actual guilty party goes free. Even when you prove it, they the corrupt justice system cannot admit they were wrong. It has evolved to be a closed self-sustaining system.

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#1393574 - 03/23/13 06:37 PM Re: Elmira Pharmacist Stole $90K from NYS [Re: Cowgirl]
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According to the charges, from January 2005 thru December 2007, she billed the Medicaid program for approximately 18 different drugs, treatments and supplies that she did not purchase.

This sort of thing also hurts other on the Medcaid program.
No wonder the cost keeps rising.

Also depending on what kind of drugs the punishment was real lean with her.
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