Former Salem pharmacist gets prison time for health care fraud

SALEM — A former Salem pharmacist has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to health care fraud.

Bruce E. Franken, 53, will also be on supervised release for three years upon his release from prison.

Between May 14, 2009, and July 14, 2011, Franken worked as a pharmacist at the J.H. Lease Pharmacy, 229 N. Ellsworth Ave., and filled $301,550 worth of prescriptions for Medicaid recipients he wasn’t authorized to fill, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Medicaid was billed for and paid those prescriptions that were a result of Franken’s unauthorized and fraudulent claims.

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