Prescription drug case fraud

Steve Urbanski and his wife leaves Federal Court in Camden on Friday. August 18, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Join The Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday as we discuss the ongoing investigation into the state health-benefit fraud case that has gripped the region.

Staff Writers Nicholas Huba and Claire Lowe will discuss the case live at noon on The Press’ Facebook page, facebook.com/PressofAC.

Since early August, when the first guilty pleas were entered in U.S. District Court, 10 people have pleaded guilty in the scheme.

Federal court documents detail a massive prescription-fraud scheme from January 2015 to April 2016 that involved recruiting public employees — teachers, firefighters, municipal police officers and State Police troopers — to obtain medically unnecessary prescriptions for patients whom doctors never treated. The prescriptions included those for compounded pain creams, scar creams, antifungal creams, libido creams and certain vitamin combinations, all of which paid out generous reimbursements to the pharmacy from the health insurance plan.

In exchange for the prescriptions, the recruiters and the doctors received kickbacks from the out-of-state compounding pharmacy and pay co-conspirators, according to court documents.

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