Florida pharmacy owner gets 6 year sentence for role in $2.2M fraud scheme

The owner of a pain clinic and pharmacy in Florida was sentenced to more than six years in prison and three years probation for his role in a $2.2 million insurance fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Scott Novick, 51, who owned American Pain Management in South Florida and Pacific Pharmacy of Miami, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. 

As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Novick admitted that he submitted $1.2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and continued to dispense controlled substances from his clinic, despite Florida law prohibiting the act. He admitted as a result of the fraudulent claims, his clinic and Pacific Pharmacy both made more than $1 million.

Mr. Novick was sentenced June 13 by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore. In addition to his sentence, he was ordered to forfeit $1.4 million.

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