Pharmacist sentenced for $180 million health care fraud scheme
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (WKRG) — A guy who now life in Gulf Breeze was sentenced for his involvement in a multi-million dollar plan to defraud TRICARE and personal insurance policy providers.
Mitchell “Chad” Barrett will serve a utmost of 10 several years in jail and will have to repay tens of millions of pounds.
Down below is the information release from the Department of Justice:
“A former Mississippi pharmacist was sentenced now to 10 a long time in the Southern District of Mississippi for a multimillion-dollar plan to defraud TRICARE and personal insurance organizations by paying out kickbacks to distributors for the referral of medically unwanted prescriptions. The carry out resulted in additional than $180 million in fraudulent billings, including far more than $50 million compensated by federal overall health care systems.
In accordance to courtroom files, Mitchell “Chad” Barrett, 55, now of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and previously of Mississippi, participated in a scheme to defraud TRICARE and other overall health care profit courses by distributing medically needless compounded remedies. Barrett was licensed as a pharmacist in Mississippi and was a co-owner of numerous compounding pharmacies. As component of this plan, Barrett modified prescription formulas to be certain the optimum reimbursement with out regard to health-related requirement. He solicited recruiters to procure prescriptions for high-margin compounded remedies and paid out people recruiters commissions dependent on the percentage of reimbursements paid by pharmacy benefit managers and overall health care advantage packages, such as commissions on statements reimbursed by TRICARE. He further more routinely and systematically waived and/or decreased copayments to be compensated by beneficiaries and members, and utilized a purported copayment help method to falsely make it surface as if his pharmacy and its affiliate compounding pharmacies had been collecting copayments.
Barrett pleaded guilty on Aug. 25, 2021, to conspiracy to engage in monetary transactions in criminally derived residence. In addition to the expression of imprisonment, Barrett was ordered to pay out restitution and forfeit all assets traced to his ill-gotten gains.”