Ex-pharmacist Bain faces unspecified federal charge

djournal_Court-NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Jim Bain, known for years as a top independent pharmacist, faces an unspecified federal charge, the U.S. District Court record shows.

Typically, such a listing means the person has been informed of a charge or arrested, although no court proceedings have been recorded.

Neither Bain nor his attorney, Ronald Michael of Booneville, responded to Daily Journal calls for information.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office in Oxford, which carries out arrest warrants, also did not respond to multiple inquiries about Bain.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.

Bain surrendered his pharmacy license in February 2012 amid speculation that he was under investigation by federal authorities.

He had earlier sold his Jim Bain’s Pharmacy on North Gloster Street but worked there for a time after the sale before leaving the business.

While no law enforcement authorities would admit Bain was under investigation, questions arose when he resigned from the Lee County School Board in early March 2012, citing personal reasons.

In a letter addressed to the school board, Bain said, “I need to concentrate on my family right now and would not be giving the board my full attention. I have enjoyed the last fifteen months on the board and have the utmost respect and admiration for all of you.”

He was elected in to the school board in November 2010, defeating incumbent Lisa Roberts, to represent the Saltillo and Guntown areas.

Bain offered no further public comment after the resignation.

A check at the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy in 2012 and again Wednesday showed that Bain does not have an active license and voluntarily surrendered it, which officials have said could allow him to ask for reinstatement under certain circumstances.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com