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Former Aspirus Wausau doctor will serve 3 months in prison for prescription fraudSubmitted: 10/09/2019
Former Aspirus Wausau doctor will serve 3 months in prison for prescription fraud
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

WAUSAU - A former Aprisus Wausau doctor will spend time behind bars for prescribing opioids when patients didn't need them.

Those prescription ultimately fueled his own drug addiction.

Thomas Strick, 60, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley. Strick will spend three months in federal prison for obtaining fentanyl by 'use of misrepresentation and fraud.'

An investigation revealed that between 2011 and 2018, Strick prescribed fentanyl patches to at least six patients without a medical need when he was employed at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the Aspirus Wausau Family Clinic.

Strick instructed the patients to fill the prescriptions and return the fentanyl patches to him for personal use. He told the patients that he needed the fentanyl to relieve his pain. Investigators determined that Strick had written 193 fraudulent prescriptions for fentanyl patches and had acquired 3,156 patches as a result of the prescriptions.

Strick was previously convicted in Marathon County in 2004 for similar conduct.

As a result of his conviction in this case, Strick has been suspended from practicing medicine and surgery by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. 


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