SHEBOYGAN — The executive director of the Sheboygan County Humane Society was charged Wednesday with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and for the delivery/possession/manufacture of prescription drugs, which is a felony.
Eilene Ribbens, 59, who lives at 424 North Avenue in Sheboygan, faces more than three years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of both charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Sheboygan Police allege Ribbens illegally ordered 1,000 pills of tramadol hydrochloride — a powerful pain medication. She allegedly used the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project’s credit card to pay the bill and lied to co-workers, saying she was ordering the pills for a dog who couldn’t afford the meds, out of the “kindness of her heart.” However, Ribbens later admitted to police she actually sent the medication via Fed-Ex to her sister and niece.
The Humane Society’s veterinarian discovered earlier this year that Ribbens ordered large amounts of prescriptions from a New Jersey pharmacy last year.