Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Struck-off pharmacist still working as chemist

A pharmacist struck off for being dishonest and bringing the profession into disrepute in Northern Ireland is working as a chemist in the Republic.

Craig Bennett can no longer dispense prescription medicine in Northern Ireland after his business empire collapsed with debts of more than £10m.

The 39-year-old ran a chemist’s shop in Fivemiletown in Co Tyrone and a string of Mace stores in Fermanagh before going bankrupt when the property bubble burst.

He is now employed by the Care Pharmacy, which has branches at Ballybay in Co Monaghan and Rush in Co Dublin.

In June of this year Bennett was struck off by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland after it found he had acted dishonestly and brought the profession into disrepute.

In August 2005 he set up Dreemore Developments Ltd and went into property development. However, when the property bubble burst the company went into administration in February 2009.

In February 2011 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Development disqualified him from being a company director for 13 years.

Bennett did not dispute that he misappropriated money from Dreemore Developments, paid himself £374,000 when the company could not afford it, and made out cheques and direct debits to the value of £1.4m which were never paid.

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