BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama doctor and a pharmacist have been sentenced in a multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme to bill insurance companies for medically unnecessary drugs, among other charges.
A federal judge sentenced Paul Roberts, a former Fultondale doctor, to six years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $2 million in fines and restitution, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and federal agents announced in a joint statement Tuesday.
Roberts also pleaded guilty to a “conspiracy and scheme” to fraudulently bill insurers for office visits and up to $2.2 million worth of medically unnecessary drugs in exchange for kickbacks, prosecutors said.
Stanley Reeves, a pharmacist and owner of F&F Drugs in Demopolis, was sentenced to just over three years in prison for conspiring to fraudulently bill health insurance companies for $10.5 million worth of medically unnecessary drugs, some of which were prescribed by Roberts, according to the Justice Department.
He was ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution.
Roberts also pleaded guilty to 12 counts of prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, including allowing an X-ray technician to prescribe the drugs to patients, as well as prescribing controlled substances to women in an attempt to obtain sexual favors, prosecutors said.