13 plead responsible to a $ 126 million compounding plan – Enterprise Insurance
Three doctors, three pharmacy owners, two pharmacists and three patient recruiters were among the 13 defendants who pleaded guilty to charges related to a $ 126 million fraud program in Texas, the Justice Department said.
The program targeted the Federal Employee Compensation Programs and Tricare, which provides civilian health care services to U.S. military personnel.
The defendants were charged with paying bribes to patient recruiters and doctors to induce them to prescribe compound drugs to injured federal employees and members of the armed forces.
"The defendants did not select the individual compounds and other drugs based on the medical needs of the patients, but in view of the amount of the reimbursement for the drugs," said a statement from the Justice Department. "The drugs were then sent to the patients, although the patients often never asked, wanted or needed them."
The defendants, who were not named in the ministry's statement, face maximum sentences of five to 20 years at the hearings scheduled for February.
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