CAMDEN, N.J. – Two New Jersey men were found guilty today of filing fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions against New Jersey and local health benefit programs and other insurance companies. confirmed, US attorney Vikas Khanna announced.
John Sher, 40, of Margate, N.J., and Christopher Broccoli, 50, of West Deptford, N.J., were brought before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Coogler for destroying information leading to one conspiracy charge each. pleaded guilty to care fraud.
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 health benefits program and other insurance companies in New Jersey. 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 up to 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 December 5, 2022, and Broccoli’s sentencing is scheduled for his December 6, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Khanna credited a special agent with the FBI’s Atlantic City Representative Office under the direction of Special Agent James in Dennehy, Newark. IRS – Special Agent for Criminal Investigations under the direction of Special Agent Tammy Tomlins in Newark. And under the direction of Special Agent Jonathan Melone, the U.S. Department of Labor’s New York Regional Inspector General’s Office conducted an investigation that led to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant Federal Attorney Christina O. Hudd in the Criminal Division, Deputy Chief of Criminal Affairs Desiree L. Grace, and Chief R. David Walke Jr. of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit.