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This is a photo of boxes of medications at Evansdale Pharmacy that hadn't been delivered to or picked up by patients found during an August 2017 Pharmacy Board inspection.

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EVANSDALE -- A long-time Evansdale pharmacist has been arrested on allegations he billed Medicaid for prescriptions that weren't delivered.

Waterloo police arrested Ric E. Foreman, 62, of Waterloo, on Thursday on a warrant for second-degree fraud, tampering with records and prohibited acts with prescriptions. He was later released from the Black Hawk County Jail.

The arrest comes following an October search at Foreman's business, Evansdale Pharmacy, 3502 Lafayette Road, by officials with Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals' Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Court records allege Foreman would bill Iowa's Medicaid program for prescriptions he prepared, but he didn't refund Medicaid if the prescriptions themselves weren't delivered or picked up by the patients. He created records showing the medications had been dispensed to the patients.

Between May 2015 and July 2017, the total unrefunded amount totaled $3,009.04, according to court records.

Charges also allege that Foreman held onto prescriptions that had expired.

The investigation began following a routine inspection by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy in August 2017 that turned up five boxes of medications that had been filed and paid for by insurance companies but were never delivered. Many of the medications were expired, and some dated back to 2014. They ranged from inexpensive antibiotics to high-priced specialty drugs to narcotics, records state.

Of the medications in the boxes, about 70 percent were for Medicaid recipients and 20 percent were for Medicare recipients with the remaining 10 percent paid for by private insurance plans, records state.

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