South Plainfield Woman Admits Submitting Fraudulent Prescriptions

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TRENTON – A South Plainfield woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree health care claims fraud for submitting fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies in Union and Middlesex counties, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Annette Brown, 47, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge John S. Triarsi in Union County, who scheduled sentencing for Aug. 28. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Brown be sentenced to a five-year term of special probation under the supervision of the Union County Drug Court Program.

In pleading guilty, Brown admitted that between July 17, 2007 and Nov. 11, 2011, she submitted fraudulent prescriptions to several pharmacies, knowing that she was not entitled to receive the prescription benefits. An investigation determined that, as a result of the fraud, prescriptions were filled and given to Brown. The pharmacies received reimbursement from insurance companies totaling $17,471 for these phony prescriptions.

The investigation further determined that the fraudulent prescriptions used the names of innocent persons who did not know that Brown had assumed their identities to fraudulently obtain prescription medications in their names.

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