Pharmacist fakes it until she makes it… or just gets caught

The phrase “fake it til you make it” is a phrase that suggests imitating certain qualities eventually lead to an individual realizing said qualities. In California, Kim Thien Le took that advice to heart and decided to be a Walgreens pharmacist one day.

During this time, Le was able to successfully impersonate a pharmacist and illegally fill more than 745,000 prescriptions. These prescriptions included more than 100,000 for opioids such as fenatnyl, morphine and codeine.

From the years of 2006 to 2017, Le was enjoying the life of a successful pharmacist. Unfortunately, her dream was crushed when she was eventually caught. Le pleaded not guilty to felony impersonation charges and Walgreens got stuck paying a $7.5 million settlement stating that “the burden is on the company to make sure its employees are properly licensed and to complete a thorough background check.”

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