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Wake Forest man sent to prison for health care fraud

Posted September 13, 2010

— A Wake Forest man was sentenced Friday to 58 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining Medicare payments for prescription drugs, authorities said Monday.

Steven Thompson, 42, pleaded guilty in March to health care fraud. In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to repay the government $17,650.

Thompson enrolled in Medicare Part D in January 2006 for subsidized prescription drugs. Federal investigators determined that, between that time and June 2008, he used 104 physicians and 20 pharmacies to obtain 282 prescriptions for analgesics and narcotics. The value of the fraudulently obtained prescriptions was $45,195, authorities said.

"This defendant went to great lengths to hide his abuse through the use of many physicians and pharmacies," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement. "This type of drug abuse and the fraudulent methods used to obtain the drugs places an even further burden on our already taxed government health care system, and we must remain vigilant to stop the abuse."


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  • latta005 Sep 13, 2010

    Now, let us attack disability fraud, unemployment fraud (those staying on unemployment and not even looking for a job), baby producers to get more welfare and the entire lot of those sucking the very life out of our nation. Oh to be in charge for a day, disability would equal "unable to do most anything", unemployment would equal "putting in applications all day every day with no luck and mandatory submission of efforts to obtain employment, and no check for second welfare baby, etc. We must return to a society where working and paying taxes is viewed as success. Unfortunately, many just want money for breathing and think they deserve it. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • autonomous173 Sep 13, 2010

    So now my tax money goes to pay for what was obtained fraudulently? Isn't that fraud?

  • seankelly15 Sep 13, 2010

    grimreaper - "So will then now be heading..." If you are going to hurl an insult make sure someone can understand your grammar.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 13, 2010

    60 Minutes reported recently that about 1 out of every 8 dollars the government spends on Medicare healthcare payments is fraudelent - this is obviously a TREMENDOUS amout of waste of taxpayers money. Government may have a lower expense ratio for healthcare, but the amount of waste of money is astronomical when compared to private healthcare dollars.

  • slappywhite Sep 13, 2010

    YES WE CAN !!!

  • reeceeyarnell Sep 13, 2010

    I hope this type of prosecution becomes routine. You have the elderly that often can't afford basic necessary medications for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes and get little assistance from Medicare if they can't afford supplements. Then you have people that are "disabled" with life pains, or what I call "lazyazzitis," that doctor shop and soak up narcotics like a sponge all on the taxpayer's dime. If they'd get a job and quit sitting on their bottom all day, they wouldn't have time for such pain! If they were so disabled, you wouldn't see them out every weekend with their boats and 4 wheelers. I'm ecstatic to know that the legal system like the physicians are taking action against drug addicts trying to avoid the police and save money by using the insurances and healthcare system as their supplier! Kudos to whomever developed the narcotic database & made it accessible to healthcare providers! May they use it often to prevent drug addicts from abusing our system!

  • MillerB Sep 13, 2010

    grimreaper- If you want to arrest someone for health care fraud, why don't you start with BCBS?

  • grimreaper Sep 13, 2010

    So will then now be heading to Washington to arrest Obama, Pelosi, and Reed for healthcare fraud?

  • BubbaDuke Sep 13, 2010

    A lethal injection is usually successful on the first attempt. Cures all sorts of criminal behavior.

  • venitapeyton Sep 13, 2010

    Yet a medical doctor charged with fraud paid an $8 million fine, no jail time and is still earning millions.