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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A former pharmacist at the SSM St. Clare Hospital near Fenton pleaded guilty to a federal charge Tuesday and admitted stealing drugs from the pharmacy for her personal use, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Tina L. Obermeier, 59, of Webster Groves, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Prosecutors say that while working as a pharmacist at the hospital from January 2017 to April 2018, she stole drugs including hydrocodone and methadone, as well as the drugs commonly known as Ritalin and Xanax. Obermeier hid the drugs under her lab coat or other clothing instead of placing them in bins for delivery to patients, caused prescriptions to be filled a second time and filled prescriptions for patients who didn't have drugs prescribed, prosecutors said. Obermeier stole approximately 2,476 controlled substances from an automated dispenser in the pharmacy, they said. 

Obermeier is scheduled to be sentenced in July. 

Robert Patrick is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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