Man gets 2 years in prison for conning hospitals out of pain meds

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 31, 2014 

A Bremerton man accused of making 51 visits to emergency rooms and urgent-care clinics across Western Washington to fraudulently obtain pain medication has pleaded guilty to 10 felonies and been sentenced to prison, state officials said Monday.

Robert B. Boyer Jr., 41, was convicted earlier this month in King County Superior Court of 10 counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, the state Department of Labor & Industries reported.

Judge Monica Benton sentenced him to two years, two months in prison.

Prosecutors said Boyer showed up at medical facilities with injuries, including cuts, from November 2012 to February 2013 and sought painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet.

Some of those facilities were in Pierce County, where 15 criminal counts against Boyer were dismissed as part of his plea deal in King County.

"Boyer claimed he suffered the injuries while working as an iron worker but held no such job," Labor & Industries, which investigated the case, said in a news release.

Court documents show he also gave fake names and Social Security numbers in an effort to open workers' compensation claims.

Benton also ordered Boyer to make restitution to the tune of nearly $147,000 and undergo drug treatment.


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