☷Ringleader of $10 Million TRICARE Scheme Sentenced
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Ringleader of $10 Million TRICARE Scheme Sentenced Defendant Paid Kickbacks to Recruiters and Medical Assistant LITTLE ROCK—The organizer of a multi - million - dollar kickback conspiracy was sentenced today . Brad Duke , 47 , of Little Rock was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment and ordered to forfeit $1 , 055 , 855 . 86 by United States District Judge Brian S . Miller . Duke promoted prescription pain creams , scar creams , and supplements for a Mississippi - based compounding pharmacy , earning a share of whatever the pharmacy was paid for prescriptions issued by Duke’s affiliated doctors . After learning TRICARE , the national military’s health insurer , paid tens of thousands of dollars per month per patient for the compounded drugs he was promoting , Duke began to offer and pay kickbacks to generate prescriptions for those with TRICARE insurance . Duke paid kickbacks to recruiters , including Michael “Chance” Beeman ( 52 , of Maumelle ) , Michael Sean Brady ( 53 , of Little Rock ) , Jason Greene ( 35 , of Nashville , Tenn . ) , Brian Means ( 47 , of Fort Smith ) , and Jennifer Sorenson ( 44 , of McKinney , Tex . ) , to find TRICARE beneficiaries around the country willing to receive the drugs . Duke explained a doctor would sign off on the necessary prescriptions without ever consulting the patients . All Duke needed was TRICARE beneficiary insurance information sufficient to fill out prescription forms . Upon receipt of beneficiary information from his recruiters , Duke routed prescriptions in the names of the TRICARE beneficiaries to local medical assistant Charlotte Leija ( 41 , of Conway ) , to whom Duke paid kickbacks , usually $1 , 000 per prescription , to file the prescriptions under the name of the doctor for whom she worked . Within a year , Duke’s scheme generated over $10 million in compound drug prescriptions for over 100 TRICARE beneficiaries hailing from as far west as Chula Vista , Calif . , to as far east as Foxborough , Mass . No one ever consulted a prescriber . Duke paid his recruiters more than $2 million to supply the beneficiaries and over $250 , 000 to Leija to issue the prescriptions . Judge Miller previously sentenced co - conspirators Brady , Beeman , Green , Means , Sorenson , and Leija to prison terms ranging from 8 months to 28 months and ordered them to forfeit illicit proceeds ranging from $198 , 799 . 00 to $598 , 435 . 99 . As of today’s sentencing hearing , the U . S . Marshals had already seized $1 , 055 , 855 . 86 from Duke . 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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