- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings woman who was given a suspended sentence each of the four times she was convicted of fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers has now pleaded guilty to a federal alleging she committed the same crime in February.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1ytVMAL ) 54-year-old Laurie G. Dukart told U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday that she posed as a nurse in a doctor’s office, called in three prescriptions for hydrocodone using the names of other people and picked up the medication at Wal-Mart. She pleaded guilty to acquiring a controlled substance by fraud or deception.

Watters was a state judge when she heard three of the previous cases against Dukart and gave her a suspended sentence each time. District Judge Russell Fagg heard the fourth case.

Sentencing was set for Feb. 11. Dukart remains in custody.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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