It’s one of the oldest, most nostalgic family owned pharmacies in the metro. But federal authorities say one of the owners of Bauder’s Pharmacy wasn’t just a pharmacist, he was a drug dealer.
Mark Graziano – the majority shareholder in Bauder’s Pharmacy – is named in a 19-page indictment, returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury.
The indictment accuses Graziano of distribution of a controlled substance, wire fraud and tax evasion from 2002 to 2012.
The investigation began in 2012 when an informant told authorities Graziano was selling hydrocodone out of the back door of the pharmacy.
Last April, the board of pharmacy revoked his license.
The indictment alleges Graziano and co-conspirator Andrew Michael Enloe diverted controlled substances from Bauder Pharmacy and sold them to people who did not have a valid prescription.
Prosecutors also claim Graziano used the business credit card to purchase items for his own benefit.
Those items included vehicles, jewelry, precious metals, airfare, vacations, college fund-raising contributions, sports memorabilia and other collectibles.
Purchases from 2008 to 2012 are valued at more than $1.1 million.
Graziano is also accused of depositing nearly $800-thousand in cash to his bank account during the same time period.
Following the indictment, Graziano’s attorney said, “The charges are just that, charges. They are proof of nothing. Mark Graziano has been a respected pharmacist for 27 years. He denies these charges and is presumed innocent.”