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September 24, 2009

Pharmacist pleads guilty to identity theft

Recently I have reported on a person who cared for the elderly but also stole their identities.  I have also reported on a employee who stole the identities of her employer and her employer's daughter.  I even reported on a radio personality who got caught stealing identities (among other things). 

The latest you ask - a pharmacist.

Patrick Slifka, a pharmacist at a Cresco, Iowa's Medicap Pharmacy, has pled guilty to aggravated identity theft as well as wire fraud. 

Basically, Slifka assumed the identity of a physician by using the physician's name and DEA number to submit fraudulent claims to Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield for medications.  Slifka now faces a minimum of 2 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, $250,000 in fines and up to three years of supervised probation.

Hope those meds were worth it

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