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Coshocton Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges
COSHOCTON (Ken Hines) -- A former central Ohio pharmacist has pleaded guilty to scamming insurance companies out of at least $1 million.
Barbara Miller pleaded guilty to five counts of health care fraud and one count of adulteration of drugs after allegedly using fraudulent billing practices to collect between $1 million and $2.5 million from state, federal, and private insurance companies, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Miller, the former owner of Three Rivers Infusion and Pharmacy Specialists in Coshocton, allegedly defrauded several benefit programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, between 2003 and 2009.
The former pharmacist also pleaded guilty to altering the quality of the Rheumatoid Arthritis drug Kineret.
"Crimes like this contribute to the rise in heath care costs, and those who engage in health care fraud will not get away with it," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
Miller faces maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each fraud count, and 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine for the adulteration count.