CAMDEN – Two New Jersey men pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding New Jersey and local health benefit programs and other insurance companies by filing fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. said. Prosecutor Vikas Khanna said in a release.
John Sher, 40, of Margate and Christopher Broccoli, 50, of West Deptford each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Coogler. rice field.
According to documents and court statements filed in this case:
Sher and Broccoli were part of a criminal conspiracy in which state and local officials were recruited and compensated for receiving medically unnecessary dispensed prescription drugs. Sher and Broccoli forced pharmacy benefit managers to pay millions of dollars for medically unnecessary compound prescription drugs for individuals they recruited into the scheme. Sher received $327,897 directly and Broccoli received $150,315 directly from this scheme.
Sher and Broccoli were indicted along with others in March 2019 on charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, wire fraud, and other crimes. Conspiracy leader William Hickman pleaded guilty in June 2020 to defrauding more than $50 million from his New Jersey health benefits program and other insurance companies. A co-conspirator, Michael Sher, pleaded guilty in March 2018 to defrauding him of more than $7 million from New Jersey’s health benefits program and other insurance companies. Co-conspirators Brian Pugh and Thomas Schallus pleaded guilty on July 14, 2022, to conspiracy to commit medical fraud as part of the same scheme. Indictments are pending against his co-defendant, Thomas Sher, who is scheduled to go to trial before Judge Kugler in Camden Federal Court on August 15, 2022. Guilty.
John Sher and Broccoli each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or double the gross profit or loss resulting from the offense. Shah’s sentencing is scheduled for his December 5th and Broccoli’s sentencing for his December 6th.