Pharmacist recants Rite Aid allegations

January 15, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

An Ohio pharmacist who accused Rite Aid Corp. of bribery has recanted his allegations in a letter of apology to company president Martin L. Grass as part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit the drugstore chain filed against the pharmacist.

The settlement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle between Rite Aid, the nation's largest drugstore chain, based in Shiremanstown, Pa., and the board that regulates pharmacies in Ohio.

In his letter to Grass, released by Rite Aid, druggist Melvin T. Wilczynski expressed regret for having cooperated with agents of the pharmacy board and state and federal prosecutors.

Wilczynski also agreed to pay court costs and to repay Rite Aid $33,250 it gave him in April to terminate an employment contract. Wilczynski and prosecutors had said that the money was a bribe from Grass and Rite Aid.

In April 1989, Grass was arrested in a Cleveland hotel by state and federal agents after he was videotaped passing Wilczynski a check for $33,250.

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