Pharmacist who stole pills in 2012 accused of stealing 10,000 pills from Duchesne clinic

By Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Sept. 2, 2014, 6:10 p.m. MDT

 Craig Larry Marx, 36, is charged in 8th District Court with three counts of theft and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of stealing 10,000 prescription muscle relaxers from the pharmacy at the Duchesne Valley Medical Clinic where he worked as a pharmacist.

Craig Larry Marx, 36, is charged in 8th District Court with three counts of theft and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of stealing 10,000 prescription muscle relaxers from the pharmacy at the Duchesne Valley Medical Clinic where he worked as a pharmacist.

(Duchesne County Jail)

DUCHESNE — A Utah pharmacist who was allowed to keep his state license after admitting that he stole 5,000 prescription pain pills in 2012 is facing new charges in Duchesne County, where he's accused of stealing twice as many pills.

Craig Larry Marx is charged in 8th District Court with theft, a third-degree felony. Duchesne County prosecutors also charged Marx with two additional counts of theft and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, all class B misdemeanors.

Marx, 36, was interviewed in late August by a Duchesne County sheriff's detective after apparently telling administrators at Uintah Basin Medical Center that he'd pocketed thousands of Soma pills — a prescription muscle relaxer — while working at the hospital's clinic in Duchesne.

"Craig stated to me after he waived his Miranda rights that he would take a handful of the pills a day and take them home," detective Monty Nay wrote in a probable cause statement, noting that Marx told him he "had an addiction problem."

"Craig stated that it got bad enough that he estimated he was taking 25 pills a day to ingest," Nay wrote.

A subsequent check of the clinic pharmacy showed that during the year Marx worked there, 10,000 Soma pills disappeared from the inventory, according to charging documents.

Court records show it's not the first time Marx has been accused of stealing pills from a pharmacy where he worked.

In March 2012, Salt Lake County prosecutors charged Marx with theft, a third-degree felony, after he admitted to supervisors at University Hospital that he had a drug problem and had been stealing prescription painkillers from the outpatient pharmacy, charging documents state.

In that case, Marx told his bosses that he'd taken as many as 5,000 pills over a period of 18 months, the charges state. Marx accepted a deal in July 2012 from prosecutors that reduced the charge to a class A misdemeanor and held it in abeyance for 18 months.

At the same time, Marx entered into a five-year diversion agreement with the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing that allowed him to retain his pharmacy license.

Under the terms of that 15-page agreement, Marx promised to complete substance abuse treatment, submit to drug testing, attend a support group each week and notify his employer that he was the subject of a diversion agreement with state regulators.

"Mr. Marx had complied with the court's directions and (Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing) staff are currently reviewing the new criminal allegations and how they may impact his licenses," division spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

"Division investigators are working closely with our law enforcement partners in Duchesne to investigate the matter," Bolton said.

Officials with Uintah Basin Medical Center declined to comment on any of the circumstances surrounding Marx's arrest, beyond noting that he had an active license and was "in good standing" with the state during his employment.

"Uintah Basin Medical Center has shared all relevant information related to Mr. Marx with appropriate governmental agencies and will rely on such agencies to conduct reviews they deem appropriate," hospital administrators said in a prepared statement, adding that they wished Marx "the best in his future endeavors."

Court records show that at the time of his arrest on the Duchesne County charges, judges in Salt Lake and Utah counties had issued warrants for Marx's arrest. The Salt Lake County warrant was issued for alleged probation violations in the University Hospital case, while the Utah County warrant was issued for Marx's failure to appear for a July 10 hearing in a trespassing case.

Marx, who posted bail after being booked into jail on the new charges and the two outstanding warrants, is due in court Sept. 15 for his first appearance in the Duchesne County case.

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1. cpafred
Sept. 2, 2014

Maybe working in a pharmacy isn't where a prescription drug addict should be working. And an alcoholic shouldn't work in a bar..etc.

Sadly, he should lose his pharmacy license--for his own sake.

2. Coach Bob
Sept. 2, 2014

This is a travesty! First, what kind of inventory system have these hospitals implemented? They couldn't recognize the disappearance of 10,000 pills (a "controlled" substance)? Second, shouldn't his second employer have known about his earlier legal and licensing agreements and been more vigilant in monitoring his interactions with narcotics? And third, what does it take to lose your professional license in Utah? Mr. Marx made mistakes but his employers and the state should be held accountable as well.

3. One opinion
west jordan, UT,
Sept. 3, 2014

Once I picked up a pain pill prescription from a pharmacy for my mother. I noticed the bottle looked a bit low, so I counted the pills. It was 15 pills short. I immediately called the store manager of the store the pharmacy was in and reported the problem, then I called the police and reported the problem. A member of the pharmacy team was stealing a few here and a few there from prescriptions. The person was fired and perhaps charged. I didn't follow through on that part. I think when we get pain prescriptions, we need to make sure we have what is being prescribed.

4. brotherJonathan
Sept. 3, 2014

If you are going to run an unlawful monopoly, you can't have people getting product without paying for their permit from our betters........that would not be fair to our drug masters....
Did anyone consider our drug laws clearly violate citizen equality.
No? It is because we like being slaves and oppressed with elite citizenship and
unholy script powers over treating our pain. Truth how do you like it?
-Reality is being distorted by our hardwired instinctual behavior mechanisms/Satan.
consider this truth-
2 questions.
Is every U.S. Citizen equal under U.S. Law?
Do you believe you are equal to doctors of medicine; under U.S. Law?
Why would I: have to keep going back to a doctor for the same prescription; month after month - year after year.
Because I have to, by law.
It’s great to be a slave master isn't it.
And not even have to feed them.
ALMA 30: 7
Now there was no law against a man’s belief; for it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men on to unequal grounds.