An Eyota woman has pleaded guilty to using 31 false identities to obtain thousands of narcotic drugs from more than 150 doctors across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Nanci Dusso, 50, entered the guilty plea Thursday in federal court in St. Paul to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of Social Security fraud, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.
She may have obtained more than 6,000 prescriptions since 2008 for hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine, among others, the Star Tribune reports.
Between January and November 2013, Dusso obtained prescriptions using 31 out-of-state aliases using Social Security numbers of both living and deceased people, KTTC reports.
Dusso would go to health care providers - primarily Mayo Clinic locations - complaining of shoulder pain, and say she was in town visiting a family member getting cancer treatment, according to KIMT News.
She was eventually caught after a nurse practitioner at one of the Mayo locations became suspicious of Dusso and reported her to Mayo's security department, which sent an alert throughout the Mayo system. After that, two other Mayo locations reported Dusso for trying to get prescription pain medicaton.
Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger said in a press release:
“Prescription drug abuse is both a crime and a serious health problem in Minnesota. This defendant deceived doctors and nurses in multiple states in order to obtain these powerful opioids. Working closely with our law enforcement colleagues and health care organizations throughout the region, we are dedicated to preventing the kind of prescription drug diversion seen in this case.”
A sentencing date has not been set yet.