Woman sentenced in pharmacy fraud

Source: MGN

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A nurse practitioner will spend 3 1/2 years in prison for defrauding a federal health insurer while working at a Mississippi clinic.

Susan Perry of Grand Bay, Ala., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett after pleading guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Perry, who worked in Biloxi, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $1.4 million in restitution at $150 a month after leaving prison.

She admitted in court to prescribing unneeded medications handmade by a Hattiesburg compounding pharmacy. Those prescriptions cost a federal military health insurer nearly $1.4 million in 2014 and early 2015.

Perry was convicted in a larger investigation into pharmacies that officials say bilked more than $400 million from insurers.