A Lockport woman was charged Monday with stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy where she worked.
Lydia M. Klein, 43, will face a charge in U.S. District Court of possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs. Prosecutors said Klein is accused of stealing the drugs while employed at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on South Transit Street in Lockport.
Video surveillance footage from the Rite Aid showed Klein stealing 14 bottles of hydrocodone on Jan. 19, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel said.
Klein admitted to federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents that she stole at least 1,100 hydrocodone – sold as Lortab and Xanax – from her job and sold them in the Lockport area, Pimentel said.
Klein was arraigned Monday afternoon by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and released on bond. The charge against her carries upon conviction a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Lockport city police helped with the investigation.