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Fraud case against Sudbury pharmacy worker nearing resolution

Lise Blanchette was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly forging more than 225 prescriptions for fentanyl patches
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Sudbury courthouse on Elm Street.

The case against a Sudbury pharmacy worker who allegedly forged more than 225 prescriptions for fentanyl patches is nearing resolution.

Lise Blanchette, who was arrested in December of 2019, is expected to enter a guilty plea on June 6, her lawyer, Glenn Sandberg, told the court on Wednesday.

“When the plea is taken, we will ask for a presentence report, then come back for sentencing,” Sandberg said.

Facts of the case will also be entered into the record.

Blanchette is charged with fraud over $5,000, making forged documents, using forged documents, 10 counts of identity theft and possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 substance (fentanyl). 

Greater Sudbury Police said when Blanchette was arrested, she had fabricated and forged more than 225 non-existent prescriptions between 2016 and 2018, allowing her to obtain more than 3,400 fentanyl patches of various strengths — with an estimated value of roughly $1.5 million.

Police said they began investigating in May 2018 after receiving a complaint from one of her pharmacy co-workers. They say falsified prescriptions for an additional 475 patches did not get processed successfully.