Pharmacist Charged with Medicaid Fraud Found Dead

A pharmacist facing sentencing in March for defrauding Medicaid has been found dead in his house.

A pharmacist facing sentencing in March for defrauding Medicaid has been found dead in his house.

An acquaintance of Nebraska pharmacist Tod Lundberg found him dead in his basement on January 18, 2016, NCN reported.

Police said an autopsy and toxicology tests would be conducted, as there were no signs of foul play or evidence of the cause of death.

Lundberg reportedly planned to remodel his basement and had met with a contractor earlier that day, NCN reported.

The pharmacist pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fraud and was required to fulfill a restitution payment of more than $39,000, The Journal Star reported earlier this month.

A former employee noticed that Lundberg, who worked at The Medicine Shoppe, had been billing brand-name Lovenox but dispensing the generic version. When the woman asked Lundberg why he was doing this, he said that it was the only way he could make money in the pharmacy business.

The former pharmacy employee also noticed that prescriptions filled but not picked up were still billed through insurance.

Lundberg admitted to dispensing the generic while billing for Lovenox, but he did not tell investigators when he started to do this.