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.