4 charged for alleged involvement in $54M kickback scheme — 6 things to know

Four Florida residents were charged in connection to an alleged $54 million compound pharmacy kickback scheme, the Department of Justice announced June 5.

Six things to know:

1. James Moss, Edward White, David Copeland and Michael Gordon each face one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and to pay or receive healthcare kickbacks. They were charged in the Middle District of Florida.

2. Each man faces several additional charges pertaining to their alleged roles in the scheme. Their arraignment date has yet to be set.

3. An indictment unsealed June 4 alleges that Mr. Moss and others owned and operated Florida Pharmacy Solutions with the intention of billing Tricare for expensive prescription compounded drugs that were induced and procured through illegal kickbacks and bribes.

4. The defendants allegedly caused the submission of more than $54 million in fraudulent claims to Tricare between November 2012 and September 2015. Tricare paid FPS more than $42 million on those claims, federal prosecutors said.

5. Mr. Moss allegedly paid the other three defendants kickbacks of more than $20 million. In exchange, they procured compounded drugs and referred prescriptions to be filled by FPS.

6. The alleged scheme involved Tricare beneficiaries in about 30 states and several foreign countries.

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