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December 22, 2014

Old Forge Pharmacist Sentenced to 15 Months’ Imprisonment in Health Care Fraud Case

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an Old Forge pharmacist who previously plead guilty to health care fraud was sentenced on December 18, 2014 in federal court in Scranton.

United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Peter J. Capitano, age 58, to 15 months’ imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Capitano was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $166,287.03 to Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Medicaid.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, a criminal information was filed in January 2014 charging Capitano with engaging in a scheme to defraud Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Medicaid from 2007 through August 2013. The scheme involved submitting claims or causing claims to be submitted to those health benefit providers for drugs allegedly prescribed when the prescriptions did not exist and for drugs not actually dispensed.

The charges stemmed from an investigation initiated in February of 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

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