Oklahoma Pharmacy Owner Enters Guilty Plea For False Claims Scheme

by Andrew Murray | August 21st, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the Attorney General of Oklahoma announced entry of the plea. The owner pleaded guilty to two counts of healthcare fraud relating to a false claims scheme that shorted both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Press Release states:

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Attorney General Mike Hunter and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Tim Downing announced today that a Mangum pharmacy owner has pleaded guilty to two counts of healthcare fraud after orchestrating a false claims scheme that bilked the Medicare and Medicaid systems for more than $1 million.

A federal grand jury indicted Jeffrey Terry, 37, in March, after an investigation found he submitted false claims through his pharmacy, Bratton Drug, to SoonerCare and Medicare Part D for drugs that were never prescribed or dispensed to patients.

Terry will pay restitution amounts totaling over $338,000 to the Medicaid program and over $753,000 to Medicare. As part of the plea, he will forfeit numerous pieces of property and possessions to begin paying the restitution.

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The defendant has not been sentenced at this time. The Plea Agreement is available on the Oklahoma Attorney General’s website.

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