Abuse and death caused by
prescription drugs have become a national epidemic over the past decade. Those who are addicted
may attempt to obtain a prescription through fraudulent means, while doctors
may prescribe large amounts of controlled substances without a legitimate
reason and to earn additional income.
These types of actions are criminal offenses which fall under the umbrella
of prescription drug fraud. This drug crime is defined as an unlawful
acquisition of prescribed medication for personal use or profit.
One of the most common forms of prescription drug fraud is “doctor
shopping.” Doctors can only prescribe a certain amount of medication
to each patient. However, some patients may visit different doctors in
order to obtain many of the same prescriptions without advising each doctor
about the other prescriptions, which is considered doctor shopping.
The following are the other common forms of prescription drug fraud:
- Forging prescriptions using a stolen doctor’s pad
- Altering the amount of medication on a physician’s prescription
- Create fake prescriptions with the use of computer programs
- Misrepresenting personal information to obtain a prescription
- Impersonating a health care provider to obtain a prescription
- If you are a health care provider, issuing a prescription for an illegitimate
reason or outside the normal course of a physician’s practice
- Selling prescription medication for a profit
In Wisconsin, prescription fraud is considered a Class H felony, which
carries a maximum six-year prison sentence and a fine no more than $10,000.
A conviction of any drug offense also results in the suspension of your
driver’s license for at least six months or a maximum of five years.
Additionally, if you are found in possession of controlled substances which
were illegally obtained through prescription fraud, you could be facing
separate drug crimes, which are associated with serious penalties as well.
If you’ve had prior convictions for drug offenses, the penalties
are much worse.
If you have been charged with prescription drug fraud in Wisconsin, our
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney at the
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella is committed to helping you get favorable results in your case.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case with our experienced