Children's Hospital pharmacy director investigated for embezzlement

By  | 

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska's Attorney General is asking the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Public Health Division to take disciplinary action against the former pharmacy director of Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

Investigators allege Lisa Kwapniowski embezzled more than $4-million from the hospital.

In a petition, Attorney General Doug Peterson outlines the case alleging that beginning in 2012, Kwapniowski falsified invoices to Children's Hospital for a made-up drug called "Broxcilam" -- and that those payments were forwarded to a company called "RxSYnergy" -- a company she created.

The document from the AG indicates Kwapniowski admitted to submitting claims and receiving compensation as follows:

2012 – 6 invoices for $76k
2013 – 17 invoices for $216k
2014 – 28 invoices for $379k
2015 – 41 invoices for $726k
2016 – 52 invoices for $1.1m
2017 – 50 invoices for $1.1m
2018 – 37 invoices for $849k

In all -- according to the AG’s petition -- from 2012 until June 2018 when Kwapniowski was fired, Children's Hospital paid her company more than $4.43-million for what the state said were fraudulent invoices.

Children's Hospital and Medical Center tells our sister station WOWT 6 News that when administrators learned of this “unfortunate situation” in June, Lisa Kwapniowski "...was immediately investigated, the employee was terminated and the issue was turned over to the proper authorities to further investigate.”