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Queen City Script owner pleads guilty in scheme

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A local business owner pleads guilty to wire fraud in connection with a prescription drug scheme targeting senior citizens.

Thomas Fenske operating Queen City Script Care. He offered to help people get free prescription drugs through pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs. Fenske and others recruited hundreds of customers, often at senior health fairs and retirement communities. Many of them were on a fixed income.

Fenske charged customers an initial fee and a monthly fee, up to $50 a month. He also required his monthly customers to sign up for automatic withdrawals from their bank accounts. He sometimes took money from dozens of customers' bank accounts several times a month, without telling them. Fenske also told customers they could cancel memberships at any time, which they could not. He also promised refunds if he couldn't help them, which was not true.

Fenske could get up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced. The judge could also order him to pay restitution.



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