City health worker accused in pill scheme remains jailed

Posted: August 14, 2012

A former city health department worker arrested on Aug. 2 and charged with distributing prescription painkillers and related offenses pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate Tuesday.

Maria Josey, 46, of Francisville, has been held at the Federal Detention Center since her arrest. She will remain in custody until a bed becomes available at an inpatient residential drug-treatment facility, when she will be released on $25,000 personal-recognizance bond.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Phillips said in court last week that Josey admitted to federal agents when she was arrested that she had taken cocaine the night before.

Josey promised U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice she would complete a drug-treatment program prescribed by the U.S. Office of Pre-Trial Services. Trial in the case is set to begin October 3.

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