Man gets prison after defrauding Michigan State University

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Daniel Brown of Dimondale, Michigan has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison on a health care fraud conspiracy charge. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following his incarceration and ordered restitution totaling $1,267,418.00.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Western Michigan District made the announcement in a press release.

Brown’s conviction comes from an agreement to have expensive and medically unnecessary compounded pain creams and patches prescribed to Michigan State University employees that were filled by pharmacies in Mississippi, the announcement reads.

Brown admitted soliciting a local physician to sign the prescriptions and splitting commission payments that the Mississippi pharmacies paid Brown for directing the prescription to their pharmacies. The pharmacies then charged MSU’s health plan $2,000 to $3,000 for each prescription.

Brown subsequently cooperated in the investigation and prosecution of the persons operating the pharmacies who were held criminally responsible in related federal cases in Mississippi.

“Individuals like Mr. Brown, who enrich themselves through fraud schemes, undermine the healthcare system and drives up costs for everyone,” James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan said in a statement. “The FBI remains committed to working closely with our law enforcement partners to swiftly and thoroughly investigate such fraud allegations and bring criminals who engage in these schemes to justice.”