State employees accused of drug sales in workplace - WSMV News 4

State employees accused of drug sales in workplace

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Six state employees are out of a job following an investigation that found them selling, sharing or buying prescription drugs from each other in state buildings, the Channel 4 I-Team has learned.

The employees were caught because they used state email to make the drug transactions, according to internal records obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team.

Those records show one employee used the term "candy" to try to cover up what she was soliciting.

Another record shows an employee emailing her boyfriend, writing she was "selling to all the junkies up here."

And another employee identified herself in an email as the contact person to collect money.

All the employees were either in clerical or administrative positions with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and made the drug transactions in the Andrew Johnson building and the Davy Crockett building in downtown Nashville.

"They were clearly engaging in activity that we can't allow in the workplace," said Steven Majchrzak, deputy commissioner of Commerce and Insurance

According to state investigators, some of the drugs sold were major painkillers like Soma and Neurontin.

"This was obviously some people who got into a situation and it could happen in any organization where you have people who don't do the right thing," Majchrzak said.

One employee who appealed the termination said she was battling Stage 3 cervical cancer and would never sell her medications.

But her firing was upheld, and the five others resigned, and now the TBI is investigating all the employees after a request from the district attorney and the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

"Anytime you're talking about prescription drugs, not over the counter, now you're talking about potential criminal violations," Majchrzak said.

The Channel 4 I-Team is not identifying the employees because we could not reach them for comment and they haven't been charged criminally.

A spokeswoman for the TBI said their investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:23:59 GMT
    Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>
  • Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old boy, putting body in trash bin

    Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old boy, putting body in trash bin

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 8:58 AM EDT2017-10-18 12:58:48 GMT
    Authorities searched for Dayvid Pakko, 6, for hours after the boy went missing on Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)Authorities searched for Dayvid Pakko, 6, for hours after the boy went missing on Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

    A 19-year-old man is accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy he was watching and dumping his body into a trash bin. 

    More >>

    A 19-year-old man is accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy he was watching and dumping his body into a trash bin. 

    More >>
  • Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:08:38 GMT
    (Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.(Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.