(KMOV) -- A St. Louis woman was indicted Thursday on multiple fraud charges involving a prescription drug scheme.
According to the indictment, Karen Williams, 32, is accused of creating fraudulent prescriptions to obtain drugs and medical supplies, including controlled substances like hydrocodone. The fraud took place during 2007 and 2009 while she was employed as a pharmacy technician at a Walgreens on St. Charles Rock Road.
Willams used the names of several doctors and an advanced practice nurse, without their knowledge to obtain the prescriptions. She used the names of actual Walgreens’ patients to submit bills to their health insurance companies.
She is charged with on one felony count of health care fraud, nineteen felony counts of making false statements, and one felony count of illegal possession of hydrocodone. She is expected to appear in federal court this week.
If convicted, health care fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; each count of making false statements carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; and possession of hydrocodone carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.