Posted at: 09/03/2013 4:26 PM
| Updated at: 09/03/2013 6:13 PM
By: WNYT Staff
Deputy Albany County Executive Christine Quinn is facing drug charges.
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ALBANY -- Albany County's Deputy County Executive was arrested and arraigned Tuesday, charged with felony drug possession.
According to the complaint filed in court this afternoon, investigators allege Christine Quinn fraudulently obtained a prescription, for her own use, for nearly 300 Ritalin tablets. Ritalin is commonly prescribed for attention disorders but is used, illegally, as a stimulant.
"There is nothing I caught on to. She has done her job with due diligence. It's a sad time to think of her and her family right now," explained County Executive Dan McCoy.
The alleged incident is said to have occurred at a medical office at 401 New Karner Road back in March. According to court documents, Christine Quinn told a nurse practitioner that a previous prescription for Ritalin wasn't fully filled and the legal paperwork indicates that wasn't the truth.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says Quinn was arrested at her home in Colonie this morning after a multi-agency investigation, including the DEA.
Despite describing Quinn as "near and dear," the DA insists there is no conflict with his office prosecuting a county employee.
"We engage in a dispassionate review of the facts and gathering of evidence and there is one standard of law that is applicable to every person," added Soares.
Quinn has been suspended with pay from her $106,000 per year position and an interim Deputy County Executive has been assigned. Prior to her current job, Quinn worked as a law clerk and county attorney in Albany County.
The case has been waived to a grand jury.
The official criminal complaint is below: