Ohio Man Sentenced for Doctor, Pharmacy Shopping

December 6, 2011

An Ohio man who used deception to obtain narcotic prescriptions was sentenced this week in a Franklin County courtroom.

Thomas McAllister had a valid claim for a workplace injury with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) but was found to be abusing the system by visiting multiple physicians and pharmacies in order to receive more narcotics than necessary.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department suspected McAllister was receiving narcotic prescriptions from several physicians and pharmacies. Their investigation confirmed that he used deception to obtain 11 prescriptions from three prescribing physicians.

McAllister entered a guilty plea in October to a felony count of deception to obtain dangerous drugs. Judge Beatty sentenced McAllister this week to 30 days in the Franklin County jail. He was also ordered to pay $424 in restitution, and his driver’s license will be suspended for six months.

Source: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

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