Woman sentenced for selling prescription drugs
ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk on Friday sentenced a St. Charles woman who fraudulently procured prescription drugs for herself and her children and then sold them to others, including an undercover agent, to two years probation, including four months of house arrest and 20 hours of community service.
Katie Diana Rooney, 39, pleaded guilty at the start of Friday’s hearing to a charge of health care fraud and a charge of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.
Rooney admitted that on numerous occasions from July 11, 2018 to October 2018, she visited a doctor and falsely claimed to need prescription medication for health conditions she or her children were suffering from. She had already decided to sell some or all of the drugs, including the ADHD drug Adderall, oxycodone and the anxiolytic alprazolam, to other people, and did so.
During the investigation, Rooney asked an undercover law enforcement officer to drive her to a pharmacy so she could obtain and then immediately sell the drugs to the officer, Rooney’s plea states.
Rooney and her children were enrolled in Missouri’s Medicaid program, MO HealthNet, and Rooney knew pharmacies would seek and receive Medicaid reimbursement for the drugs she received, her plea says.
The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this matter with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, St. Charles Regional Drug Task Force, and Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit from Missouri.