St Paul, MN (KROC AM News) - An area woman has entered a guilty plea in  a federal drug case that investigators say covered several years and may have involved the illegal purchase of thousands of painkillers.  

Pleading guilty Thursday to a drug related charge and one count of Social Security fraud was 50 year old Nanci Dusso of Eyota.

The US Attorney’s office says Dusso was able to obtain Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and other prescription drugs by using false names, dates of birth, and social security numbers. Although the case centered on activity in  2013, prosecutors say Dusso may have obtained more than 6,000 prescription opiates dating back to 2008 from 150 doctors at eleven different health care providers.

She admitted to using at least 31 aliases to obtain or attempt to obtain the drugs at Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin during 2013.

The investigation began after a Mayo Clinic employee at one of the sites Dusso visited became suspicious.The employee notified Mayo security and the information was turned over to police after Dusso tried obtaining drugs at two other sites.

Dusso will be sentenced at a later date.

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