Nurse pleads guilty to prescription fraud

A Pennsylvania nurse practitioner pleaded guilty to four criminal charges, including prescribing medication without a cooperating doctor and false billing.

According to a March 16 press release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Stephanie King, 46, from Ulster, voluntarily waived her license as a certified registered nurse practitioner and will pay nearly $450,000 in compensation.

The investigation found that Ms. King falsely billed private and public insurers for services below acceptable health care standards. She also wrote over 3,750 prescriptions that did not meet the requirements of Pennsylvania law.

The law requires nurse practitioners to enter into collaborative agreements with physicians to provide medical diagnoses and prescribe controlled substances. According to the report, investigators found that Ms. King had misled collaborating doctors and extended previous agreements without their knowledge.

Ms. King is also accused of having two sexual relationships with patients. During the first relationship, she billed a private insurance company for her time together, and during the second, she continued to prescribe controlled substances despite ending medical care after the relationship began, the report said.

She pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Controlled Substances Act obtained by subterfuge; one count of Medicaid fraud; one count of insurance fraud; and one count of violating the Controlled Substance Delivery Act by a medical practitioner.

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