A former Walmart pharmacist who is accused of writing fraudulent prescriptions for his own personal use has been admitted to Indiana County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for 12 months.
On Sept. 25, 2018, Richard Wisz, 65, of Ligonier, was charged with 24 felony counts of violating prescription rules, 60 felony counts of insurance fraud, 61 felony counts of forgery and 60 misdemeanor counts apiece of theft by deception and of acts prohibited by the Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device and Cosmetic Act.
Charges were brought together from Westmoreland, Cambria and Indiana counties and prosecuted in Indiana before Common Pleas Judge William J. Martin, who granted ARD status to Wisz on June 26.
Conditions were attached to each of the charges, including requirements that he abstain from alcohol, illegal drugs and narcotics, and perform a set number of hours of community service. Wisz is under the supervision of the Indiana County Adult Probation Department during his ARD term.
Wisz resigned in December 2017 from staff pharmacist jobs at Walmart Supercenters in Resort Plaza in Burrell Township, in Unity Township and Delmont in Westmoreland County, and in Richland and Somerset townships in Somerset County. A state police affidavit said Wisz emailed that resignation amid an internal investigation of his activities, triggered when a pharmacy technician reported seeing suspicious behavior on Wisz’s part.
They stem from incidents between March 22, 2014, and Dec. 13, 2017, in which police said Wisz wrote prescriptions for himself and in the names of his wife and son for Schedule 4 drugs zolpidem, alprazolam and lorazepam.
State police said no charges have been filed against Wisz’s wife or son or against two doctors whose names Wisz used in writing those prescriptions. Wisz is quoted in the affidavit as saying none of them were aware that he was using their names.
NOTE: This article edited 3:45 p.m. July 16 to correct the name of the presiding judge in the case.