Doc gets Percocet illegally via vending machine, indictment says | Crime
Authorities said a Rock County doctor was charged with illegally filling pain killer subscriptions at a vending machine more than a dozen times last year.
The Office of United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil of the Western District of Wisconsin said Wednesday that Richard N. Barney, 53, of Janesville, was charged with 15 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud between January and October 2012.
According to the indictment, Barney was a physician licensed to practice in Wisconsin. Vaudreuil’s office alleged that Barney acquired Percocet by sending prescriptions to an InstyMeds machine in the names of 15 patients, without the patients’ knowledge. Percocet was then dispensed by the machine.
According to the indictment, an InstyMeds machine was used at Beloit Memorial Hospital. The machine, which is the approximate size of a soda vending machine, dispenses medication to patients who have obtained a patient drug voucher from a prescribing physician, the DOJ said in a release. The voucher has a number on it that has to be entered into the machine, along with the patient’s personal code, for the drugs to be dispensed.
Employees discovered the fraud, according to a hospital spokesperson. They said he worked there for 18 years and resigned in April.
In August, Barney joined Mercy Health System in Janesville as its associate medical director for its EMS training center. A Mercy spokeswoman said he is on personal leave effective immediately.
Vaudreuil’s office said that if convicted, Barney would face a maximum penalty of four years in federal prison on each count.