NY pharmacist pleads guilty in $2.7M scheme; Owner of Miami staffing company sentenced to five years for accepting kickbacks

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> A New York pharmacist pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid $2.7 million for prescriptions that he never dispensed and falsely claiming $2.6 million as business expenses on his tax returns. Announcement

> The owner of a Miami consulting and staffing company was sentenced to five years in prison for a $2.3 million scheme in which he accepted kickbacks in exchange for home health referrals. Announcement

> A Michigan appeals court upheld the 45-year sentence for Farid Fata, the Detroit oncologist found guilty of prescribing chemotherapy treatments to patients who did not have cancer, according to the Associated Press. Article

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