ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina pharmacy manager who the U.S. Department of Justice says unlawfully resold prescription drugs at a profit has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 37-year-old Karen Ann Turner, of Burnsville, entered her plea Monday.

The charges against Turner said she set up a purported closed-door pharmacy through which she bought drugs at a discount by falsely stating that they would be used to fill prescriptions, and then sold the drugs at higher prices to unauthorized wholesalers via another business she had set up, violating her agreement.

Court documents say she operated the scheme from 2011 through 2014, with revenue exceeding more than $1.3 million.

Federal officials say the circumvention of legal distribution channels raised safety concerns.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com