☷Florida Man Sentenced for Misleading Federal Agents
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Florida Man Sentenced for Misleading Federal Agents Defendant Lied About Kickback Arrangement with Memphis - Area Doctor LITTLE ROCK—A Florida man was sentenced today for lying to federal agents . Steve Hill , 57 , was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $345 , 727 . 15 by United States District Judge Brian S . Miller . Formerly of the Memphis area , Hill spent nearly a quarter century working in the medical sales industry for various Fortune 500 companies , during which time he received standard compliance training on the Anti - Kickback Statute . In 2014 , then working under Brad Duke of Little Rock , Hill began to promote expensive compounded prescription drugs covered by TRICARE . Hill operated on a commission basis , earning a fixed percentage of whatever TRICARE paid for the drugs . To generate sales , Hill encouraged a Memphis area doctor to prescribe the expensive compounded drugs by agreeing to share his commission on the doctor’s prescriptions through payments to the doctor’s spouse . Most of Hill’s payments would eventually be routed to a Tennessee shell corporation formed under the spouse’s name . Within a year , Hill’s arrangement succeeded in generating over $1 million in TRICARE compounded prescription drug claims , earning Hill $345 , 727 . 15 . Federal agents investigating the case discovered the connection between Hill , the shell corporation , the spouse , and the doctor . In August 2017 , federal agents visited Hill’s Memphis area home to discuss his promotion of compounded prescription drugs . When asked about his financial dealings with the spouse , Hill denied paying the spouse anything in relation to the doctor’s prescriptions . The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the U . S . Department of Health and Human Services , Office of the Inspector General ( HHS - OIG ) , and the case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander D . Morgan . # # #This news release , as well as additional information about the office of theUnited States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas , is available online athttps://www . justice . gov/edarTwitter:@EDARNEWS
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