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Humane society vet suspects drug fraud

A veterinarian for the Sheboygan County Humane Society was suspended after his license was allegedly used by the group's director and he reported her to the police.

Eileen Ribbens was charged last week with two criminal counts alleging she used Rick Lord's veterinary license to order prescription drugs for her family. According to the Sheboygan Press, the 70-year-old Lord said he consulted with lawyers and other veterinarians before reporting Ribbens and knew all along it could cost him his job.

He was the Humane Society's full-time vet for 10 years before he was suspended in late March. Ribbens is charged with prescription drug fraud and possessing medicines illegally with the intent to deliver.

She told authorities she bought the pain killer Tramadol and potassium bromide, a salt usually used for animal convulsions, from a pharmacy in New Jersey because her family needed the medicines and couldn't afford them. Lord told the Sheboygan paper that Ribbens first asked him to buy the drugs back in 2011 and he refused.

He discovered that she made the purchase on his license after it happened last July, and he went to the police in January. The head of the humane society's board denies that Lord was suspended for blowing the whistle on his boss but would say nothing more because the matter's still under investigation.

Ribbens is free on a signature bond, pending further court proceedings.