The license of the former Children’s Hospital & Medical Center pharmacy director accused of embezzling more than $4.4 million from the hospital has been revoked for at least two years under a settlement agreement filed with the state.

That means that Lisa Kwapniowski cannot practice as a pharmacist in the state during that time. According to the order, she is not licensed in any other state.

According to a petition filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Kwapniowski created a company called RxSYnergy and submitted false invoices for a fictitious drug and legitimate medications to the Omaha hospital.

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The petition, filed in late November, sought disciplinary action against Kwapniowski’s license to practice pharmacy.

Documents filed with the state in March 2012 identify Kwapniowski as the president and sole member of RxSYnergy, the petition indicates.

Kwapniowski, according to the petition, told an investigator that the funds were deposited into a bank account created for RxSYnergy and eventually transferred to her personal account.

She submitted a total of 231 invoices from the company to the hospital between April 2012 and June 2018, totaling more than $4.4 million.

She was terminated from the hospital in June after being accused of embezzling money.

A hearing regarding the matter had been scheduled for next week.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services filed an order with the agreed-upon settlement late last week.

Under the settlement, Kwapniowski waives the right to a hearing or to any judicial review. In the agreement, she admits to the allegations in the attorney general’s petition. Kwapniowski could not be reached immediately Thursday for comment.

According to the order, Kwapniowski’s license will be revoked for at least two years. Reinstatement will be at the discretion of HHS and must be approved by the Nebraska Board of Pharmacy.

Julie Anderson is a medical reporter for The World-Herald. She covers health care and health care trends and developments, including hospitals, research and treatments. Follow her on Twitter @JulieAnderson41. Phone: 402-444-1066.

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