Ricke sentenced for prescription fraud

2013-09-12T23:17:00Z Ricke sentenced for prescription fraud Mason City Globe Gazette
September 12, 2013 11:17 pm

MASON CITY — An Algona woman received a suspended sentence, probation and jail time after being found guilty of two charges involving prescription fraud.

Melissa Ricke, 34, was found guilty by a Cerro Gordo County jury in July of one count of prohibited acts for a forged prescription and one count of possession of hydrocodone.

Ricke was given a 10- year suspended sentence on the prohibited acts conviction. A judge also sentenced her to serve three years probation, pay a $1,000 fine and $464.50 in court costs.

On the possession charge, Ricke was sentenced to two days in jail and a $315 fine. Her driving privileges were also revoked for 180 days.

The jury found Ricke not guilty of four other counts involving prescription and insurance fraud and possession of a controlled substance.

The charges were filed in October 2012 following an investigation by the Mason City Police Department.

— By Peggy Senzarino

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