Az. woman admits Fen-Phen fraud in Pa.
PHILADELPHIA - April 27, 2012 (WPVI) -- An Arizona woman has admitted she tried to defraud a pharmaceutical company by filing multiple claims for damages over use of the anti-obesity drug Fen-Phen.
Dee Lynn Andrews pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted mail and wire fraud in connection with claims she brought in Pennsylvania and New Jersey against drug-maker Wyeth.
Federal prosecutors say Andrews settled an initial lawsuit in Florida in January 2001 for $200,000 and signed a release promising not to bring more claims. But authorities say she used multiple aliases to bring other claims through a variety of lawyers.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports a plea memo says the total intended loss from a trio of suits Andrews brought was $165,000.
Sentencing is scheduled for August.
pennsylvania, new jersey, fraud, local/state
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