New Jersey physician pleads guilty to $5M fraud scheme 

Margate, N.J.-based Brian Sokalsky, DO, pleaded guilty for his role in a $5 million scheme to defraud payers by submitting claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the Justice Department said March 28. 

According to a news release, Dr. Sokalsky authorized prescriptions for former pharmaceutical sales representative Matthew Tedesco in June 2017. In exchange for the authorization, Mr. Tedesco referred approximately 30 patients to Dr. Sokalsky's new medical practices. 

Dr. Sokalsky authorized medically unnecessary medications, such as libido creams for young women, including excessive quantities with the maximum number of refills.  

Insurers paid more than $5 million for the prescriptions Dr. Sokalsky authorized. He faces a 10-year maximum prison penalty and a $250,000 fine.

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