Humane Society director charged with drug fraud

Melissa McCrady and the Associated Press

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Humane Society director charged with drug fraud

CREATED Apr. 4, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 4, 2013

SHEBOYGAN - Sheboygan County Humane Society's director is charged with drug fraud.

A criminal complaint says Eilene Ribbens ordered large amounts of prescription drugs from a New Jersey pharmacy and identified herself as a veterinary technician, a title she doesn't hold.

The complaint says Ribbens received 1,000 tablets of a pain medication and 480 milliliters of an anti-seizure drug last July.

"We don't have a veterinary technician in the shelter," Human Society Veterinarian Dr. Frederick Lord told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.  Dr. Lord turned her in.

He worked with Ribbens for a decade.  He insisted he didn't want to turn her in, but she gave him no choice.

"We had talked six months earlier, and I told her I couldn't order this for her friends because I didn't have a veterinary client relationship with (her)."

Prosecutors say Ribbens told an employee to put the shipment on her desk instead of with the other vet supplies.

Ribbens contends she bought the medication for relatives who couldn't afford the drugs for their pets.

The Sheboygan Press (http://shebpr.es/YxMVhN ) says the 59-year-old Ribbens is charged with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and drug possession.

She is out on bail.

Melissa went to Ribbens' house, but a woman at the home ran inside and refused to cmoe out.

Lord said Ribbens is best friends with the president of the Human Society board of directors, and they're backing her.

Now, he fears for her job.

"There's no question.   I will be terminated."

Ribbens will appear in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

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