EVANSDALE – An Evansdale pharmacist has been given probation in connection with a Medicaid billing investigation.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped fraud and records tampering charges against Ric E. Foreman, 62, of Evansdale Pharmacy, and he entered a plea to a misdemeanor charge of prohibited acts/sale of expired medicine.
During a May 29 hearing, Foreman was granted a deferred judgment, which will remove the charge from his record if he completes one year of informal probation. He was also ordered to pay $630 in fines, surcharges and court costs and $10,211 in restitution to the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, according to court records.
Evansdale Pharmacy is in the process of being sold, according to prosecutors.
In his written plea, Foreman wrote that in September 2017 he offered for sale medications that were unfit because they had expired.
According to court records, inspectors with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy discovered five boxes of prescriptions that had been filled but hadn’t been picked up during a routine check at the pharmacy in August 2017. Officials with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals’ Medicaid Fraud Control Unit then searched the business, and authorities alleged Foreman had billed the state Medicaid program but didn’t reimburse the program when the medicine went unclaimed.
Initial court records placed the valued of the unrefunded prescriptions at $3,009.
Foreman was also accused of doctoring records and offering for sale expired medication, according to court records.
The Courier ran two letters to the editor in support of Foreman, which vouched for his integrity.