Robert Courtney was born in 1952 in Kansas. Robert Courtney was a pharmacist and he owned the Courtney Pharmacy Inc in Kansas City, Missouri and he provided prescribed medicines to the practitioners of the Research Medical Tower, Kanas. He was a friendly and helpful person devoted to church. He has the custody of two daughters from his first marriage and twins from third marriage.
In 1998 a medical sales representative of the famous Eli Lilly drug company, Darryl Ashley identified a discrepancy between the purchased and sold amount of the cancer drug Gemzer by the client Robert Ray Courtney. Although Darryl Ashley felt something was going wrong he was unable to find evidence to convince any malpractice of the pharmacist Robert Courtney. However in 2001 Ashley had a chance to tell his doubt to an oncologist Verda Hunter who had been buying drugs from Robert Courtney. Dr Hunter decided to test the drugs provided by the Robert Courtney and found the drugs were diluted. Dr. Hunter reported to the authorities. The FBI and FDA received several prescribed drugs from Robert Courtney via Dr. Hunter and further tested. Amazingly reports revealed about 20-40% of dilution of the required amount for all the prescriptions which has no possibility to occur by chance except intentional adulteration. Robert Courtney was arrested in August 2001. He accepted dilution of drugs from 1990, later estimated by 98,000 prescriptions from 4200 patients. Just before his arrestment he has assets worth of $18.7 million.