• Woman accused of dislocating shoulder, fraudulently obtaining 190 pain medication prescriptions

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    PITTSBURGH - A woman is accused of repeatedly dislocating her shoulder to get pain medications from more than 100 hospitals in 11 states, according to officials.

    Kari Richards, 28, of Latrobe, was indicted on charges of health care fraud and obtaining controlled substances through fraud.


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    According to the indictment, Richards’ attempts to fraudulently obtain various pain medications caused Highmark to pay more than $600,000 related to the treatment she received at the hospitals on more than 300 occasions.

    Over the 16-month period, Richards allegedly misrepresented the circumstances of her injuries and her medical history to obtain about 190 prescriptions for pain medications, officials said. The prescriptions included oxycodone-acetaminophen, hydrocodone-acetaminophen, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

    Richards faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail and/or a $500,000 fine.

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