Jim Dallke

Ann Hamel Roth, a UNCW pharmacist, was arrested in June on two counts of felony embezzlement.

Roth is accused of embezzling $4,009 worth of drugs and other health related items from the campus pharmacy. Among those items stolen include blood pressure medicines, bone loss medication, a pulmonary drug, anti-aging cream, flaxseed oil, grape seed extract and deodorant.

“The University is working with the N.C. Board of Pharmacy to revise procedures to prevent future problems of this nature,” said Student Health Center director Katrin Wesner.

Roth had been an employee of the university since 1999 and was fired May 18 for “personnel conduct” reasons. Roth was making $72,092 a year as a pharmacist at the university.

Roth was arrested June 9 and was taken to the New Hanover County Jail. She was released with an unsecured bond and UNCW police say the investigation is ongoing but did not comment further.

A tip concerning Roth came into the UNCW police department on April 23, which then prompted police to look through the last 10 years of records.

According to a report by the StarNews, embezzlement in North Carolina has decreased over the year, dropping from 37 on June 15, 2009, to just 27 this year.