New Bedford woman charged with stealing thousands of pills

BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A New Bedford woman was indicted Friday on charges she stole more than 3,000 Percocets and 2,000 other narcotic pills while working as pharmacy technician at Bridgewater State Hospital.

According to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Jennifer Perry, 41, is charged with larceny of a controlled substance, possession of both a Class B and Class C substance and larceny over $250.

Authorities at Bridgewater State Hospital launched an investigation in August 2015 after a pack of Percocet pills prescribed to a patient went missing.

The Department of Corrections, after their investigation, allege that Perry had been stealing pills from the hospital since August 2012.

Bridgewater State Hospital receives medication from a state agency distribution center in Tewksbury. Unused portions of medication are sent back to the center.

One of Perry’s responsibilities at the hospital was to log out unused medications and prepare them to be returned to the center.

The DOC’s investigation found multiple discrepancies between narcotics Perry had been signing out and the number of pills that were actually returned to the center.

The investigations alleges that Perry stole 3,671 Percocet pills and approximately 1,700 other narcotics.

Perry has been fired from Bridgewater State Hospital and will be arraigned on the charges at a later date.

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