Pharmacist caught stealing cash and medicines from employer


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The Perth pharmacist, who covered up his theft by deleting scripts and adjusting stock levels, has been disqualified and forced to pay thousands

Fremantle pharmacist Junliang Gary Goh was working part-time at Woolstores Community Pharmacy when his manager noticed stock had been deleted and stock levels adjusted in the pharmacy software system.

At that time, Mr Goh had been employed at the pharmacy for just three months, since 22 April 2015.

After first being approached about the discrepancies, Mr Goh informed the pharmacy manager that he had been undertaking ‘spot checks’ of the stock and adjusting the stock accordingly.

This was not usual process and he had not been requested to undertake such ‘spot checks’.

After conducting an investigation, which included a review of CCTV footage and an audit of the Minfos software system, the manager found that Mr Goh had been stealing money and goods during the month of July 2015.

The investigation identified several instances where Mr Goh had dispensed medication to a customer and subsequently deleted the script from the pharmacy’s dispensing software, keeping the money received for the sale.

Additionally Mr Goh was found to have sold OTC medication and either processed a return of sale or did not process the sale in the cash register, keeping the money received for the sale.

He was also found to have taken money from the pharmacy’s cash registers and change tin.

In a final instance of theft on 16 July, Mr Goh returned to the pharmacy after it had been closed, disabled the alarm and took three OTC products off the shelf for which he did not pay.

After these discoveries, the pharmacy manager reported the theft to the Western Australian Police and notified the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

At a meeting held on 23 July 2015, Mr Goh admitted to stealing from the pharmacy and agreed to repay an amount of $6,500 back to his employer.

This money has been repaid to the pharmacy in full.

A few days later, his employment was terminated on the grounds of serious misconduct.

In a recent decision, the WA State Administrative Tribunal found that Mr Goh had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct.

Due to his misappropriation of money and other goods from his employer, he had “demonstrated conduct which is inconsistent with being a fit and proper person to hold registration in the profession,” the tribunal found.

Mr Goh was reprimanded, and disqualified from applying for registration as pharmacist for a period of six months.

He is presently not registered as a health practitioner, having failed to renew his registration by 30 November 2016.

Mr Goh was also ordered to pay $4000 in costs to the Pharmacy Board of Australia, bringing the full cost of his theft up to $10,500.

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