GLOVERSVILLE - A former Rite Aid Pharmacy employee was arrested by city police and accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of prescription painkillers as well as pocketing thousands of dollars in co-payments from people's prescriptions, police said.
Tiffany Lee Wilson, 20, of 70 North St., was charged Tuesday with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree scheming to defraud, all felonies.
She was charged with one count of petit larceny and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well - both misdemeanors.
Capt. Donald VanDeusen said when Wilson would ring people out for prescriptions, she would pocket customers' co-payments.
"People would come in who had large co-payments and she would just pocket the money," VanDeusen said. "She basically was able to take the money and override the cash register."
The thefts occurred between June and November at the Rite Aid at 169 N. Main St. - where she was employed, police said.
Wilson is accused of stealing $3,800 in co-payments, $2,000 worth of hydrocodone pills and $500 directly from the cash register.
The arrest is the result of a 2 1/2- month-long investigation by the city Police Department and Rite Aid loss-prevention personnel.
During another occasion, VanDeusen said, Wilson was caught on surveillance video reaching into a customer's purse and stealing $600 from a handbag.
VanDeusen declined to comment on what Wilson was doing with the stolen pills, saying that element is part of an ongoing investigation.
Wilson was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail.