Alabama Nurse Sentenced To 42 Months In Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Defrauding TRICARE

A nurse practitioner who previously pled guilty to defrauding TRICARE was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in federal prison last week after investigators say they uncovered her scheme to commit over $1.7 million in fraud against the military health benefit provider.

Per investigators, Susan K. Perry of Alabama prescribed compounded medicines that were not medically necessary to individuals on several occasions between early 2014 and the spring of 2015.

She allegedly admitted to investigators that she knew a pharmacy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi would submit the claims she wrote to TRICARE who, in turn, would reimburse her for such medicines. Over the course of the alleged scheme, federal prosecutors say Perry received over $1,375,692 in fraudulent payments from TRICARE.

Perry pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on June 13 in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of the Southern District of Mississippi after being charged with thirteen federal felony counts in October. She was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison in the same chambers, plus three years of supervised release after the completion of her prison sentence. She will also be required to reimburse the government $1,375,692 in restitution.

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