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Cresco pharmacist pleads guilty to prescription insurance fraud

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CRESCO (KWWL) - A pharmacist in Cresco who defrauded his health insurance company by submitting false prescription claims pled guilty Wednesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth says Patrick Slifka, from Decorah, waived indictment and pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to defraud his personal health insurance provider. At the plea hearing, Slifka admitted he executed a scheme to defraud Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield by
submitting fraudulent claims against his family health insurance coverage for medications that were not prescribed by a licenced health care provider and, in some cases, where no medications were dispensed.

Slifka also admitted he used the name and Drug Enforcement Agency number of an actual physician to facilitate this scheme. Under the terms of his health care prescription coverage, Slifka was to receive reimbursement payments for medications lawfully prescribed to him.

Slifka faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years' supervised release following any imprisonment on the wire fraud charge. Slifka also faces a mandatory 2-year term of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years' supervised release following his imprisonment for the aggravated identity theft charge. The mandatory two years' imprisonment for aggravated identity theft must be served consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed on the wire fraud charge.

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