Ex-pharmacy owner gets 3 years in prison for healthcare fraud

Steven Gibson, a pharmacist and former owner of Gibson's Discount Drugs in Rose Bud, Ill., was sentenced to three years in prison for scheming to defraud the healthcare system, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Prosecutors claimed Mr. Gibson submitted 1,000 fake prescriptions to health insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid, from December 2016 to February 2018. The prescriptions were not authorized nor dispensed; they were solely created to make money, according to the complaint. In total, Mr. Gibson submitted more than $630,000 in fraudulent prescription claims.

Mr. Gibson pleaded guilty to to the fraud in August 2018. Under the plea deal, he was ordered to pay $630,000.

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