3 sentenced in $54M prescription fraud scheme 

Three men have been sentenced for their roles in a $54 million bribery and kickback scheme related to fraudulent prescriptions. 

David Copeland, 55, of Tallahassee, Fla., James Moss, 60, of Huntsville, Ala., and Michael Gordon, 60, of Fort Myers, Fla., were sentenced for their roles in the scheme following guilty pleas, according to a Nov. 15 news release from the Justice Department. 

Mr. Moss and Mr. Copeland were part owners of a Florida based pharmacy and Mr. Gordon was a lead sales representative. The trio engaged in a practice to develop the most expensive combination of drugs to maximize reimbursements from Tricare. From 2012 through 2015, the pharmacy billed Tricare more than $54 million for its compounded pharmaceuticals.   

Additionally, they targeted physicians who treated Tricare beneficiaries and offered bribes and kickbacks to encourage referrals. Mr. Moss paid his co-conspirators millions in kickbacks based on percentages of the TriCare reimbursements, the release said.

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