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Six Texas Individuals Charged With Defrauding TRICARE In Alleged Pharmacy Kickback Scheme

Pill_Bottle_Spilled.jpgHalf a dozen pharmacy owners and marketers in North Texas were charged last week in response to a Federal investigation alleging that they were involved in a kickback scheme involving prescriptions for TRICARE and U.S. Department of Labor beneficiaries.

Investigators say the six men began the alleged conspiracy in the spring of 2014 when the pharmacies run by the defendants began paying kickbacks to the defendant marketers in exchange for referrals for prescriptions from TRICARE and Department of Labor beneficiaries.

In order to attempt to mask the kickbacks, the defendant pharmacies allegedly established the defendant marketers as W-2 employees for one pharmacy and 1099 contractors for the other pharmacy. The defendant marketers were allegedly paid kickbacks for all referrals, but they were paid more for those from TRICARE and the Department of Justice allegedly in order to obfuscate further the kickbacks for federal beneficiaries.

Federal prosecutors say the allegedly ill-gotten gains went to purchase many high-dollar items for the defendants, including luxury vehicles and chartered vessels. All in, the defendants are accused of making or accepting over $14.1 million in illegal kickbacks.

The several defendants were charged with a litany of crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive kickbacks, paying and/or receiving kickbacks, conspiracy to commit money laundering by concealing proceeds of the unlawful kickbacks, conspiracy to commit money laundering by engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property, and engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property. Two of the defendants previously pled guilty to defrauding the United States via illegal kickbacks.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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