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Former Lodi pharmacist pleads guilty to two counts of embezzlement

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Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Fri Jan 28, 2011.

The former Rite Aid pharmacist who was charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of erectile dysfunction pills pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of embezzlement.

Superior Court Judge Lauren Thomasson sentenced 51-year-old Timothy Rishwain to three years of informal probation and 120 hours of community service. Additionally, he will have to pay $7,902 in restitution to Rite Aid for the stolen medication, as well as a $370 fine.

Rishwain, who worked at Rite Aid on West Lodi Avenue, was arrested in November after store loss-prevention determined that he had been stealing pills for three years. Lodi police said the vast majority of the pills he stole were erectile dysfunction medications Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. However, Rishwain also allegedly stole sleeping and anti-anxiety pills, as well as cough suppressants.

Lodi police Cpl. Dale Eubanks said at the time of Rishwain's arrest that the pharmacist was likely embezzling medication for personal use, having stolen less than 400 erectile dysfunction pills in all. Rite Aid cameras caught Rishwain pocketing a few pills at a time on multiple occasions, Eubanks said.

Rishwain still has a valid state pharmacist license as of Wednesday, according to the California Board of Pharmacy website, and has not received any discipline. His license, which was first issued in 1984, is valid through November.

Rishwain, who is no longer employed by Rite Aid, declined comment Thursday.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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