A former Wausau doctor will spend three months in federal prison for prescription fraud. A judge sentenced 60-year-old Thomas Strick on Wednesday for obtaining fentanyl by use of misrepresentation and fraud.
Strick worked as a family practice physician and Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the Aspirus Wausau Family Clinic. A government investigation found Strick prescribed fentanyl patches to at least six patients who didn’t need them between 2011 and 2018. He’d tell patients to fill the prescriptions and give him the patches, saying he needed them for his pain. Investigators determined he wrote 193 fake prescriptions and received 3,156 patches from patients.
At Strick’s sentencing, Judge William Conley told Strick he abused his professional responsibility by enlisting his patients to fill the prescriptions and violated the public’s trust to feed his own drug addiction.
In addition to the prison sentence, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board suspended Strick from practicing medicine and surgery. Strick temporarily lost his medical license in 2004 after he was sentenced for writing himself and his family members Vicodin prescriptions.