O'Fallon Pharmacy Technician Sentenced
Heather L. McDaniel, 35, of O’Fallon, was sentenced in federal court on October 19, 2012, for causing false claims for fraudulent prescriptions to be filed with Medicaid and for illegal distribution of the Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. McDaniel was sentenced to a two year term of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $735.90 to Walgreen’s Pharmacy (which had reimbursed Medicaid) and a $200 special assessment to the Court. McDaniel pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging her with Health Care Fraud and Illegal Dispensation of a Controlled Substance in July, 2012.
At the time of the offense, McDaniel was a Licensed Pharmacy Technician in the State of Illinois. McDaniel was employed as a pharmacy technician at a Walgreens Pharmacy located in Belleville, Illinois. While she worked at Walgreens, McDaniel would process prescriptions for controlled substances that she knew to be fraudulent.
This case was investigated by agents of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Drug Enforcement Administration; the Illinois State Police, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau; and the Belleville Police Department as part of the ongoing Project Dr. Feelgood investigations in the Southern District of Illinois. Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley handled the prosecution.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with healthcare laws or public aid programs, you may report this activity to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General or call 1-800-447-8477.