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Six Employees Caught Stealing From City Health Center

By Margaret Lyons on Oct 5, 2004 6:46PM

2004_10_5.pills.jpgSix people have been charged with stealing from the Englewood Neighborhood Health Center on 63rd Street. All six are employees at the center: a public health nurse, two certified medical assistants, a clerk, and two nurse midwives. The two midwives are employees of UIC, contracted by the city to work at the center, and the other four are Chicago Department of Health employees. The alleged thieves weren't even working together. Hello, people, teamwork.

What can you steal from a city-operated medical clinic? Why, "condoms, anti-bacterial and birth control pills, gels, hydrocortisone cream, and Depo-Provera syringes." Uh, allegedly. The Health Department installed surveillance cameras in the clinic after routine audits discovered the center was missing "thousands of dollars" worth of supplies. As we all know, surveillance + stealing = so busted. Or B-to-the-usted, if you're just joining us.

The six were arrested on September 16 (not sure why there was no buzz until now) and will be in court on November 16. They've been charged with misdemeanor theft, but those charges could be upgraded to felonies. Well done, folks.