Former director of pharmacy at children’s hospital convicted of wire fraud
Lisa Kwapniowski, former director of pharmacy at the children’s hospital and medical center, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud.
Under the terms of a settlement with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Kwapniowski agreed to admit allegations that she embezzled more than $ 4 million from the hospital by billing for an imaginary drug called Broxcilam. . She also agreed to give up her pharmacy license for at least two years.
She was sentenced Monday afternoon.
Kwapniowski was Director of Pharmacy at Children’s until the summer of 2018 when she was fired.
Kwapniowski, of Elkhorn, used an elaborate ploy to defraud Children’s $ 4.7 million.
In federal court on Monday, her lawyer said she had no gambling or drug addiction. It started as a way to pay off student loan debt, according to the judge. And then she apparently got addicted to a lavish lifestyle.
She apologized to the children’s hospital saying she was so sorry for betraying their trust and had no one to blame but herself.
The 49-year-old former pharmacy manager walked out of court without saying a word. She could have received up to two and a half more years in federal prison, but Judge Laurie Smith Camp reduced the sentence because Kwapniowski made a concerted effort to repay some of the stolen funds.
The state, however, argued that she shouldn’t get credit for repaying money with money that wasn’t her own in the first place.
Kwapniowski still has at least nine weeks of freedom before he heads to federal prison. His lawyer requested that he be served at a federal women’s prison camp in West Virginia to be close to his son.
The children’s hospital and medical center issued the following statement after Monday’s sentencing:
We were satisfied with today’s actions. We appreciate the work of the United States Law Enforcement and Prosecutor’s Office on this issue and we are confident that Ms. Kwapniowski is held accountable for her actions. This was the first time that an event of this nature has occurred in our 70 year history, and we remain firmly committed to ensuring proper fiduciary management and stewardship.
While her actions and these procedures have never affected the high quality care provided at Children’s, we look forward to putting this behind us as we continue our mission to improve the lives of every child through clinical care, to research, education and defense of exceptional rights.