- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former owner of a Des Moines pharmacy has been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and tax evasion.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Mark Graziano was sentenced Friday by Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to two years in prison, and will have three years of supervision after he is released. Graziano must also pay almost $600,000 in restitution.

Graziano pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2014 after being accused of illegally selling 700,000 hydrocodone pills at Bauder Pharmacy.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation began looking into the pharmacy when an informant notified state regulators.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted the case.

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