Former pharmacist sentenced to pay more than $300,000 plus two years in prison

Illegally filling prescriptions

AKRON - Ex-pharmacist Bruce Franken was sentenced, by a U.S. District Court judge, to pay $301,550 in restitution plus serve two years in prison for illegally filling prescriptions at a pharmacy in Salem.  

The 53-year-old pharmacist was illegally filling prescriptions for more than two years at J.H. Lease Pharmacy between May 2009 and July 2011.

Franken pleaded guilty to one count of Health Care Fraud in October.

Franken was denied to fill any prescriptions for patients enrolled in federally funded health care programs following convictions of drug theft back in 2001.  

"This defendant filled these prescriptions with complete disregard for the law because he knew that he was legally prohibited from doing so," said Attorney General DeWine. "Because of his previous crimes, he was not allowed to work with Medicaid recipients, and he had no right to completely ignore this restriction."

Franken is currently living in Pennsylvania. 


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