Central Islip - (WALK) A former pharmacy technician convicted for stealing at least 5,600 prescription pain pills from a Suffolk hospital will to serve three years probation and 300 hours of community service.
Michael Hernanzez, 27, of Bay Shore, was employed by Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. He was forced to resign in 2010 after investigators determined he wrote prescriptions for oxycodone patients then took the pills for himself.
When Hernandez could no longer obtain pills he began using heroin, according to court papers. He was arrested on heroin charges by Suffolk police in 2010 and also charged with fraudulently obtaining oxycodone by federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The county heroin charges were dropped after Hernandez served two months in jail and successfully completed a rehabilitation program. He is now employed as a warehouseman, and has passed all subsequent drugs tests.
A federal judge Friday described Hernandez as a "success story," and sentenced him to probation and community service. Hernandez faced a potential sentence of up to six months in prison.
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