Mugshot of Tri-C Pharmacy owner, Kristi Schulmeister (SOURCE: Williamson County Sheriff's Dept.)
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -
New information on a Carterville pharmacist who was accused of operating on a suspended license.
The pharmacist, Kristi Schulmeister was arrested this morning on a 12 count indictment.
Schulmeister owned the Tri-C Pharmacy in Carterville. And according to authorities, she was operating without a license since 2011.
Williamson County state’s attorney, Brandon Zanotti says the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation fined Schulmeister $10,000 back then.
Then, after years of not complying, local law enforcement was contacted by the Dept. of Professional Regulation this July.
A search warrant was executed on July and authorities went into her office and looked at her records.
The case was brought to a grand jury November 18, and Schulmeister was indicted on 12 counts ranging from practicing pharmacy without a license to unlawfully obtaining possession of a controlled substance.
“Counts one through seven were unlawfully obtaining possession of a controlled substance, which is a class 4 felony. Count eight, was unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, which is a class 3 felony. And counts nine through 12, she was practicing pharmacy without a license, a class A misdemeanor,” Zanotti said in a press conference Friday afternoon.
Zanotti says Schulmeister's actions a "very frustrating."
"Especially after all these attempts were made and all these warnings were given," Williamson Co. State's Attorney, Brandon Zanotti said. "And a search warrant even…and law enforcement were in her office, shutting down her office. It’s not just frustrating, it’s dangerous.
Pharmacists provide a vital service to our communities because of the possible dangerous nature of drugs and medications, all state require pharmacists have a state license and that they have to comply with these regulations that we talked about," Zanotti said.
"Anyone who acts as a pharmacists without a license, is committing a crime and that’s what Schulmeister did," he explained.
Authorities say the pharmacy is permanently closed.
Zanotti says Carterville PD arrested Schulmeister this morning. She was held at the Williamson County jail on a 100,000 dollar bond.
Schulmeister had her first court appearance Friday, and was released on bond.