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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Wire Fraud

CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- It was back on February 18th last year when I reported my investigation into 35-year-old Thomas Fenske and his Blue Ash company, Queen City Script Care.

It had been operating for about two and a half years claiming it would get people prescription drugs at a discount.  But I received complaints from people who said they were continually charged even though they received no drugs.

Krystal Beckelhimer said, "It worked good for about 2 months, got my medicine, paid 30 dollars and then all of a sudden I wasn't getting any medicine and he basically said well its on the way."

Krystal Beckelhimer was still charged 30 dollars every month then multiple amounts were taken out of her bank account in the same month.  The same thing happened to Ruth Hill of Versailles.

"The problems started, there were 4 withdrawals in May.  In one month.  I took the complaints to the company's Blue Ash office.  But Fenske wasn't there.  At the time he told me he was returning money taken out by mistake."

Authorities say Fenske's unauthorized bank withdrawals totaled between 30,000 and 70,000 dollars involving more than 50 victims.  Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

Chief US District Court Judge Susan Dlott will pass sentence on Fenske within the next two months.  He's out on bail now.

Authorities are sending notices to victims Monday requesting additional information such as receipts and bank records.  The judge is expected to order restitution but just how much money there is to be returned to the victims is unclear.

I contacted the Ohio Attorney General  who filed his own suit against Fenske last year.  Indiana State police got involved as well as those in Blue Ash ,the FBI, UC and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Remember, free prescription drugs are available from the manufacturers to those in need but you need to talk with your doctor about these programs.



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