RITE AID CORPORATION was founded by Alex Grass, who, beginning with a discount store in 1962, founded a chain that by 1995 was the number one drugstore chain in store numbers and second in sales. In May 1989, Alex Grass' son, Martin, was named president of Rite Aid. Rite Aid had purchased Lane Drug two months earlier, and the Ohio Pharmacy Board was dissatisfied with Rite Aid's intrusion into Ohio, and penalized Rite Aid for security violations in the Lane Drug deal.

Martin Grass met with Melvin Wilcznski, a member of the Ohio Pharmacy Board and offered him a bribe to resign from the board. Unknown to Grass, the police were videotaping the meeting at Wilcznski's request. The judge dismissed the charges on the grounds that ...

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