BANGOR, Maine — A St. John Valley man waived indictment and admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that in 2010 he stole hydrocodone while working as a pharmacy technician at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.
Roland Roy Jr. , 51, of Fort Kent pleaded guilty to one count of theft in connection with health care.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Roy remains free on $5,000 unsecured bond.
Between April and October 2010, the former pharmacy technician ordered 100-pill packages of the powerful painkiller 17 times, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty. When the theft was uncovered, there were just 10 hydrocodone pills in the hospital pharmacy.
The pills were rarely prescribed for patients, the court document said.
Roy “frequently complained he was suffering from headaches, back pain and nausea” during the time he took the pills, according to the prosecution version of events.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Roy also could be ordered to pay restitution.