Arlene Gerson, a 43 year-old pharmacist employed by the City of Philadelphia, is about to lose her job.
Fox 29’s Investigative Reporter Jeff Cole brings you this exclusive.
Gerson was informed via letter last Friday that the Health Department will suspend her for 30 days with intent to fire. Gerson earns $77,000 a year as a pharmacist in city health centers.
The Public Health Department alleges Gerson stole prescriptions from health centers, and, along with others, filled them by using the names and health insurance information of health center patients.
The allegations are laid out in a department letter to Gerson obtained by Fox 29 Investigates.
Gerson also accused of forging doctor’s names and stealing scripts from local hospitals.
Arlene Gerson would not come to the door at her Roxborough home this morning.
The City Health Department refused comment, but City Inspector General Amy Kurland told Fox 29 there is an on-going investigation and in the meantime, the city did not want Gerson on the job.
Gerson's lawyer, Michael Quinn, says his client has not been arrested and will fight the city’s move to fire her. He added he expects his client to cooperate with law enforcement in any criminal probe.
Along with the City’s Inspector General, the District Attorney’s officer and the Federal DEA have been involved in this case.
One source says the office of the US Attorney is now taking the lead in the case.