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PLAINS TWP. — An employee at the FedEx distribution center in Pittston Township has been charged with stealing prescription drugs that were being shipped to a pharmacy.

Christopher Graff, 25, of East Drinker Street, Dunmore, was charged by the state Attorney General’s Office with theft and acquisition of a controlled substance. He was arraigned Monday by District Judge Diana Malast and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Graff could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

According to the criminal complaint:

Graff, while working at the FedEx distribution center, removed packages being shipped to a Price Chopper Pharmacy. Graff allegedly admitted he opened the packages and took bottles of Norco containing 500 tablets and Vicodin containing 200 tablets on Nov 14, a bottle of Norco containing 500 tablets on Nov. 28, a bottle of Norco containing 100 tablets on Dec. 6 and a bottle of Norco containing 500 tablets on Dec. 7.

Graff told investigators he took the prescription medications to make money to pay his half of the rent and to have extra spending money, the complaint says.

Investigators allege Graff sold the prescription medications to another man in Lackawanna County and was paid $125 to $800 per delivery, according to the complaint. Graff allegedly told investigators he profited about $2,000.

FedEx was notified about the missing prescription bottles on Nov. 14. Security cameras were installed in the shipping area of the distribution center, where Graff allegedly was recorded moving packages from a conveyor belt, the complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 2.

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