New London man charged with prescription fraud
Ryan D. Konrad, 28, New London, was charged Oct. 12 with four felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
On the morning of March 22, Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel called Iola Police Chief Robert Prahl regarding some alleged fake prescriptions.
At noon that day, Prahl went to Sweet Medicine Prescription Plus, where Konrad was attempting to fill a prescription for pain medication. Prahl asked Konrad to come to the police station.
During his interview with Prahl, Konrad reportedly said that he had originally been prescribed methadone to treat the pain from a tumor in his arm.
According to the criminal complaint, Konrad told Prahl he became addicted to the narcotic drug and, when his prescription ran out, photocopied and filled out the prescription form.
Konrad reportedly said he later checked into a drug rehabilitation center in Chippewa Falls and was later given a prescription for Suboxone to help fight his addiction to methadone. When the prescribed dosage for the Suboxone was reduced, Konrad told Prahl that he decided to double the dosage by making another fake prescription.
After further investigation, Prahl reported finding that Konrad had 66 fake prescriptions for methadone filled between April 29, 2009, and Jan. 11, 2010.
When Prahl contacted the Minnesota doctor whose name appeared on the prescription forms, he learned that she had only issued two prescriptions to Konrad in March 2009.
Prahl also reported contacting the Chippewa Falls physician who had prescribed the Suboxone to Konrad. She said she had issued four prescriptions in February and March of this year.
Konrad faces up to six years in prison if convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.