Deputy Coroner Accused of Stealing

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An El Paso County deputy coroner is accused of stealing and selling prescription drugs collected from the homes of dead people.

Leon Carl Moynier was arrested last week on suspicion of distributing prescription drugs. If convicted, he could be sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and fined up to 750-thousand dollars.

Moynier had worked for the coroner's office for two years. He was fired after his arrest and was jailed under 50-thousand bail.

Colorado Coroners Association President, Doctor Michael Dobersen, says he's never heard of a similar case, but wasn't surprised because the potential is there.

Deputy coroners' jobs include removing bodies from places and collecting prescriptions of those who died.

Coroners use the medicine to make sure the victim was taking the prescribed dosage and didn't die of an overdose.