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Rapid City Woman Found Guilty of Prescription Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Daphne Janis, age 37, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found guilty of False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters, Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud, and Using a Communications Facility to Commit another Felony, following a federal jury trial in Rapid City.

The charges each carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Evidence at trial established that between March 2016 and April 2017, Janis obtained Tramadol and health care services by failing to inform medical providers of previous active controlled substance prescriptions through fraud and deception. Janis acquired in excess of 3,500 Tramadol pills, over half of which were acquired by fraud.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Office of Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted and tried the case.

A sentencing date is set for December 21, 2018.  Janis was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing. 

Updated October 4, 2018

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