Former Cumberland pharmacy owners fined $10,000

The former owners of a pharmacy in Cumberland must pay the U.S. government $10,000 each for failing to report the theft of nearly 70,000 prescription pills.

Ernie Watts and Rodney Stacey didn't notify the DEA that 15,000 alprazolam and 53,500 hydrocodone pills were taken from the Cumberland Drug Pharmacy between 2005 and 2007, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney. The DEA discovered the missing pills during an audit in October, 2007.

According to the release, Stacey's son, William Scott Stacey, who worked at the pharmacy, was sentenced for conspiracy in 2009 to 27 months in prison for stealing the majority of the missing hydrocodone pills.

Investigators say William Stacey used some of the pills and gave the rest to his wife to give to friends and acquaintances.

Missing medication must be reported within 24 hours of learning of a theft, according to U.S. law.