Former Children's pharmacy director pleads guilty to wire fraud

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Former Children's Hospital and Medical Center pharmacy director Lisa Kwapniowski has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

According to terms of a settlement with the Nebraska Department of Health and Humans Services, Kwapniowski,49, agreed to admit to allegations that she embezzled $4.4 million from the hospital by billing for a make-believe drug called Broxcilam. She additionally agreed to relinquish her pharmacy license for at least two years.

Kwapniowski, 49, was the pharmacy director at Children's until this past summer, when she was fired.

She has to pay back the money and could get up to 20 years behind bars.

Kwapniowski's four-bed, five-bath home in Elkhorn is already up for sale. It's listed for $775,000.

In a statement, Children's Hospital said it is "satisfied with today's actions... and confident that Ms. Kwapniowski will be held accountable for her actions," while pointing out "her actions never affected patient care."

Sentencing will be in April.