W. Pa. businessman pleads to health care fraud

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh area businessman linked to a former Steelers team doctor has pleaded guilty to obtaining painkiller prescriptions under different names and health care fraud.

Authorities say 59-year-old William Zipf pleaded guilty Tuesday. Zipf, a self-employed jeweler, allegedly got prescriptions from former Steelers doctor Richard A. Rydze beginning in 2007 and then sold the pills.

Zipf accepted responsibility for distributing oxycodone and oxymorphone as well as for health-care fraud that cost insurers $11,709.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23. Zipf is currently serving time in federal prison on an unrelated cocaine trafficking conviction out of West Virginia.

Rydze has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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