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Pharmacist allegedly writes scripts for himself in Pennsylvania

September 20, 2018, Indiana County, PA — A former Walmart pharmacist who allegedly wrote fraudulent prescriptions for his own personal use now awaits trial in Indiana County Common Pleas Court.

Richard Wisz, 65, of Ligonier, remained free on $25,000 unsecured bond after waiving a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Jennifer J. Rega in Blairsville.

Cases from three counties were brought together for one prosecution in Indiana on 24 felony counts of violating prescription rules, 60 felony counts of insurance fraud, 61 felony counts of forgery and 60 misdemeanor counts apiece of theft by deception and of acts prohibited by the Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Wisz resigned in December from staff pharmacist jobs at Walmart Supercenters in Resort Plaza in Burrell Township; in Unity Township and Delmont in Westmoreland County; and in Richland and Somerset townships in Somerset County. A state police affidavit said Wisz emailed that resignation amid an internal investigation of his activities, triggered when a pharmacy technician reported seeing suspicious behavior on Wisz’s part.

From March 22, 2014, through Dec. 13, 2017, Wisz allegedly wrote prescriptions for himself and in the names of his wife, Janet, and son Christopher for Schedule 4 drugs zolpidem, alprazolam and lorazepam.

The affidavit prepared by Trooper Allison Goswick of the Indiana state police barracks said Wisz admitted writing up the prescriptions “for his own use” but denied having a substance abuse problem.

“He did advise he was under a lot of stress and having problems sleeping,” the affidavit said.

State police said Wisz also billed Procare-Agelity RX, Caremark Mercy Health Plan, Argus/Mercy Health Plan and Health Trans insurance companies for the fraudulently obtained prescriptions.

State police said no charges were being filed against Wisz’s wife or son or the two doctors whose names he allegedly used in writing those prescriptions.

Wisz is quoted in the affidavit as saying none of them were aware that he was using their names.

Wisz retained the services of Indiana attorney Robert Scott Muir, whose office said he could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Source: The Indiana Gazette

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