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Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty To Alleged Involvement In Conspiracy To Defraud TRICARE Of $200 Million


A Mississippi man pled guilty last week to charges that he was involved in a scheme to defraud TRICARE of $200 million via incorrectly compounded medicines.

Federal prosecutors say the 46-year-old man was the owner of a compounding pharmacy in Hattiesburg where, from the spring of 2012 through the beginning of 2016, he was involved in compounding medicines that were formulated in such a way as to increase TRICARE reimbursements and not for the health needs of those for whom the medicine was to be given.

In addition to improperly compounding the medicines, the defendant admitted to creating fraudulent paperwork to cover for the improperly-compounded medicines. The paperwork he created was done in such a way as to mislead any auditors that may later investigate the pharmacy’s actions.

After being charged in a 26-count indictment last may, the defendant ultimately pled guilty last week in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of the Southern District of Mississippi to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and tax evasion. His sentencing on the charges, which will take place in the same courtroom in early July of this year.

This defendant is the thirteenth individual charged in the alleged scheme, with eleven before him pleading guilty to various charges and a twelfth receiving a guilty verdict after trial. The charges involved are the result of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a joint team composed of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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