Saturday, August 30, 2003

Pharmacist gets 3 years for embezzling $1.2 million

The Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio - A pharmacist convicted of embezzling $1.2 million from pharmacies at suburban Kettering Medical Center has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Philip C. Garber, 45, of Cincinnati, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice to 41 months in prison. Garber was also ordered to liquidate the equity in his home and seven cars and to pay the Internal Revenue Service back taxes of $386,665.

Garber is the former managing pharmacist at the medical center. In March 2001, he pleaded guilty to money laundering, income tax evasion and embezzling funds from an organization receiving federal funds.

Prosecutors said Garber embezzled the funds by diverting 431 insurance checks sent to three pharmacies at the medical center. They said he used the money to buy luxury items, including a swimming pool, houseboat and three Ferraris.

During a pre-sentencing hearing in May, psychologist William Russell Arnold told the court Garber may have been using the money to ease a deep-seated psychological disorder of inadequacy. Arnold said Garber managed that disorder by giving away money or gifts.

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