Graziano Sentencing Friday in Bauder’s Pharmacy Case

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A former Des Moines pharmacist will be sentenced Friday.

Mark Graziano pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of tax evasion. In 2012 Graziano’s store, Bauder’s Pharmacy, was raided and investigators determined more than 700,000 pain pills were missing.

A deal reached in October to keep Bauder’s open, required Graziano to transfer ownership to his sister Kim Robertson, who is also a pharmacist.

It also required a barrier to be built between the pharmacy and the rest of the store.

The Pharmacy Board said neither of the conditions were being met and notified Bauder’s that its license would not be renewed.

An attorney for Robertson appealed the board’s decision. A hearing on the issue was scheduled for last month, but that was postponed.

It is expected to take place in March.

5 comments

  • John Smith

    Geez, Pharmacy Board, you already got the guy! Now, you want to close down the business, too?

    I mean, it’s not like he was selling cannabis oil…

    • bjertbjaeger

      The feds should have seized the property and sold it, I don’t know anyone foolish enough to actually believe his family didn’t know what he was doing and he only admitted his guilt after he realized there was no way he’d win at trial with the evidence against him.

      He was basically the states largest drug dealer of prescription heroin. He needs to go away for at least as long as any selling cannabis.

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