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Man pleads guilty to Medicare fraud, doctor shopping

Posted March 4, 2010

— A Wake Forest man pleaded guilty Wednesday to getting prescriptions from more than 100 doctors and defrauding Medicare of more than $45,000.

Steven Thompson, 43, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

"Drug abuse through prescribed medications is a growing concern for our nation," U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said in a release. "We must remain vigilant in order to stop this growing form of drug abuse and the fraudulent methods used to further burden our already taxed government health care system."

Prosecutors said that Thompson, who is disabled, enrolled in Medicare to pay for his prescription medications. Between January 2006 and 2008, he used at least 104 doctors to obtain 282 prescriptions, which he filled at more than 20 pharmacies.


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  • ncmickey Mar 4, 2010

    Government run anything is horrible!

    Sure....so lets disband the police forses, fire depts, trash collections, water and sewer, military, coast guard, ect ect.

    People with VA and medicare/cade on most surveys are happier with their healthcare than private insured people. 60% to 40%

    But some people dont need the facts.... just their daily dose of Rush and Beck.

    Think for yourselves people.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010

    "Maybe this case is related to Maedicare part D."

    Exactly. Part D is a part of Medicare. One can purchase different plans that will deal with that part alone, or the plan can administer the whole of Medicare. Works pretty good right now. Will be a different story if a law I'm praying won't pass does pass. And it will be for the worse.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010


    I'm a senior and on Medicare, and my premiums aren't that high.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010

    "2 years to catch a disabled thief????....sounds like the 'givernment' is the one with the disability!!!"

    And how!!!!

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 4, 2010

    darn, the one thing i dispise in life is how long i wait in line at the pharmacy and he did it for a living. lol

  • GWALLY Mar 4, 2010

    2 years to catch a disabled thief????....sounds like the 'givernment' is the one with the disability!!!

  • thx1138 Mar 4, 2010

    "Something is wrong here. I don't believe that medicare will pay for prescription drugs."

    Maybe this case is related to Maedicare part D.

  • delilahk2000 Mar 4, 2010

    The gov. can't run anything look at social security they have messed that up to the point that they want you to die before you can draw any of it. when they took millions from it years ago and lied saying they would put it back, knowing that they were not. Every thing they touch they ruin it.

  • 27615 Mar 4, 2010

    Government run anything is horrible!

  • thought Mar 4, 2010

    There are many people doing this. I know of one who has been reported and the government said they could not catch him. He uses different names etc. When applying - they should have to give a fingerprint to prove who they are. It is getting worse due to lazy government - I worked for the government and I know first hand.