Northern AZ Pharmacist Indicted

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Pharmacist Bailey Marie McComb on 14 felony counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Computer Tampering, Obtaining Dangerous Drug by Fraud, Obtaining Narcotic Drug by Fraud, Aggravated Taking Identity of Another, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

McComb is accused of stealing more than 3,000 doses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and amphetamine salts while working as a Pharmacist at the Safeway Pharmacy in Show Low, Arizona.

In March 2015, Safeway Pharmacy noticed inventory losses involving dangerous and narcotic drugs.  Safeway conducted a review and discovered digitally stored pharmacy patient profiles for some of the drugs dispensed, but there were no corresponding “hard-copies” of the prescriptions in the store as would be expected.  Safeway also reviewed store surveillance videos and allegedly observed McComb create patient profiles and dispense medications after store hours.

Brian Timothy Ellis Witmer, a Pharmacist Intern, was also charged with 5 drug-related offenses in the same indictment.

This case was investigated by officers with the Navajo County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Apprehension Team, the Show Low Police Department, and Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General's Office Special Investigations Section.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Boyd is prosecuting this case out of the Northern Arizona Office in Prescott, Arizona.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.