Pharmacist gets prison time in federal fraud case

An Old Forge pharmacist will serve 15 months in prison and must pay back more than $166,000 in a health care fraud case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.

Peter J. Capitano, 58, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton. In addition to prison time, Capitano will have to serve three years of supervised release.

Capitano, who previously pleaded guilty in the case, also was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $166,287.03 to Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Medicaid.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, a criminal information was filed in January, charging Capitano with engaging in a scheme to defraud Blue Cross 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, Smith said.

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 U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

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