- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of selling nearly 700,000 pills of addictive painkillers will plead guilty to some charges as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Mark Graziano’s lawyer Guy Cook tells The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1t3YYmm ) that his client has agreed to plead guilty on Nov. 6 to a drug-conspiracy charge and a tax-evasion charge.

Graziano is facing 18 federal charges. The deal would mean prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 24 to 37 months in a federal “prison camp.”

Authorities raided Graziano’s pharmacy in 2012 after an informant said Graziano illegally sold hydrocodone pills. He denied any wrongdoing, but Cook now says his client “has chosen to accept responsibility.”

The plea deal would include Graziano selling his majority stake in the pharmacy within 30 days.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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