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Pharmacist gets jail time for prescription fraud

| Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:21 p.m.

An Allegheny County judge on Monday sentenced a pharmacist to six to 12 months in jail for fabricating insurance claims for nearly $1 million worth of prescription drugs that never reached patients.

William Sadowski, 47, of Robinson, owner of Servatus Pharmacy in Ross, pleaded guilty in October to fraud, conspiracy and theft.

The sentence, said Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani, will run concurrently with a federal sentence of 2 12 years imposed last week by Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill Jr. for Sadowski's role in helping a former Steelers team doctor to illegally distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormones.

“I cannot allow this conduct to not have a consequence to it,” Mariani said. “You can't just rip people off, over and over.”

Sadowski apologized to his wife, Maria, 44, and their daughters, ages 13 and 8.

“I know what I did was wrong,” he said. “I'm sorry. I just hope I can make it up to them some day.”

Mariani is scheduled to sentence Eric Miladin, 47, of Monaca, a pharmacist Sadowski employed, on April 25. Miladin pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy.

The state Attorney General's Office said Sadowski submitted more than $645,000 in false claims to the Pennsylvania Medicaid program and private health insurance companies for medications supposedly given to patients at Allegheny Valley School, a facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Doctors never authorized the prescriptions, and they were not dispensed to residents at the school's Pittsburgh and Harrisburg locations.

Prosecutors said Sadowski submitted $335,000 in false claims to Highmark Inc., using the names of employees who worked for businesses near his pharmacy. With Miladin, he created fictitious prescriptions and used the names of inmates at the Beaver County Jail to submit false claims for drug rebates, prosecutors said.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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