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Man pleads guilty to Medicare fraud, doctor shopping

Posted March 4, 2010 11:27 a.m. EST
Updated March 4, 2010 11:28 a.m. EST

— 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.