MADISON, Wis. (WAOW) — A former Aspirus doctor will spend three months in federal prison for obtaining fentanyl by the use of misrepresentation and fraud, according to Wisconsin’s Department of Justice.
U.S. District Judge William Conley handed down the punishment to Thomas Strick, 60, Wednesday.
Strick was employed as a family practice physician at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the Aspirus Family Clinic, according to the DOJ.
The government’s investigation revealed that between 2011 and 2018, Strick prescribed fentanyl patches to at least six patients without a medical need. Investigators said he instructed the patients to fill the prescriptions and return the fentanyl patches to him for personal use, telling patients he needed them to relieve the pain.
The release states investigators determined Strick wrote 193 fraudulent prescriptions for fentanyl patches and has acquired more than 3,000 patches as a result of those prescriptions.
According to court documents, Strick was previously convicted in Marathon County for similar conduct.
As a result of Wednesday’s conviction, Strick has been suspended from practicing medicine and surgery by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.