- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois pharmacist has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing customers’ identities to make fake prescriptions and collect money from insurance companies.

Federal prosecutors say 76-year-old Ronald Kielar of Mundelein collected more than $1.7 million by submitting more than 600 faked claims over several years. He was convicted at trial last fall.

Kielar worked at a Chicago pharmacy owned by his ex-wife. Prosecutors say he used money from the fraud scheme to pay mortgages on a home in Illinois and properties in Florida and Arizona.

U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. handed down the sentence Friday. The judge also ordered Kielar to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution and to forfeit nearly $78,000 from the sale of property he owned in Florida.

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