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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 16, 2016

Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters was sentenced on September 8, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Bryce Damon Drapeau, age 42, was sentenced to 1 year of unsupervised probation, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Drapeau was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2015, for False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters and Attempt to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud.  He pled guilty on June 8, 2016.

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred in July of 2015, when Drapeau altered his prescription increasing the number of Norco (Hydrocodone) tablets and attempted to fill the prescription at the Fort Thompson Indian Health Service Hospital Pharmacy.  The pharmacist refused to fill the prescription, after suspecting it had been altered, and confirmed those suspicions with Drapeau’s treating physician.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case. 

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated September 16, 2016