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Dubuque veterinarian pleads guilty in fake dog prescription drug scheme

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - A licensed Iowa veterinarian has pled guilty to writing Tramadol prescriptions for fake dogs in order to obtain the substance.

Kristi Michelle Schreiber, 42, was convicted of one count of acquiring a controlled substance by means of misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge.

Schreiber admitted to writing false prescriptions from February 2019 through February 2021. She wrote prescriptions for dogs that didn't exist, or weren't necessary for the animals. 

In March 2021, a pharmacy chain in Dubuque reported Schreiber’s diversion of tramadol to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Control Division. The DEA conducted an inspection of the pet clinic at which Schreiber works and requested the files for some of dogs for which Schreiber had written prescriptions, but Schreiber could not produce all the files. 

Schreiber falsely told the DEA that some of the dogs were animals of “close friends” and also that she would “pick [the prescriptions] up for friends and family because I want to make sure the dog gets it.” 

Over the two-year span, she issued a total of 266 prescriptions, with 186 of them being for 50mg Tramadol tablets. She later admitted in court that she took the painkillers herself.

Schreiber was released on bond pending the sentencing. She faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and one year of supervised release following imprisonment.