A former northwest Iowa pharmacist has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, money laundering and identy theft charges.
Fifty-eight-year-old David Easton of Everly is the former owner and operator of a Medicap pharmacy in Spencer. Easton admited in court that he defrauded Medicaid and his own health insurance provider by submitting more than $200,000 worth of false claims for prescriptions. He wrote the fake prescriptions to real people who are on Medicaid — that’s why he was charged with identity theft.
Prosecutors say Easton used some of the money to buy a Cadillac Escalade.
A federal judge has ordered Easton to serve 42 months in prison and the judge ordered him to repay the government’s Medicaid program and Coventry Health Care for the $200,000 worth of fake prescriptions.