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Man accused of posing as doctor's office employee to get drugs

Jan. 11, 2010

A Wauwatosa man is accused of calling in fraudulent prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, then using military health insurance to pay for the drugs.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Area pharmacists were alerted that the 30-year-old man had fraudulently obtained numerous prescriptions for hydrocodone by calling in and posing as an employee of a local doctor. He was convincing, using medical and pharmaceutical terms, said pharmacists from Walgreens stores in Wauwatosa, where he obtained 150 pills Dec. 8 and 9. In all cases, he called in prescriptions for the same name.

On Jan. 2, he arrived at CVS, 7520 W. Blue Mound Road, to pick up 240 pills. The large amount had made the pharmacist suspicious. She recognized the name, so she called the doctor's office and learned he was a former patient who had become hooked on the drug.

When the doctor cut the patient off, he tried other doctors, then started pretending to work at a doctor's office.

He told officers that he had fraudulently obtained 10 prescriptions since October, paying only $3 each because he had insurance as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will review the case.

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