Ohio Ex-Pharmacist Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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A former Ohio pharmacist accused of defrauding state, federal, and private medical insurance companies of $1 million to $2.5 million has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Barbara Elise Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday to five health care fraud counts and a drug adulteration count. DeWine says Miller owned and operated Three Rivers Infusion and Pharmacy Specialists in east-central Ohio's Coshocton.

Investigators say the Coshocton woman defrauded programs including Ohio Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Ohio and Medicare. Authorities say she filed more than $1 million in service claims between 2003 and 2009. They say Miller used a false provider name, overstated nursing time needed to provide injections and made fraudulent claims about drug dosage and frequency.

Miller's attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday.