(CN) — The Department of Justice fought in the 11th Circuit Thursday to preserve the conviction of a pharmacist who prosecutors say participated in a half-baked scheme to fraudulently bill millions of dollars for topical creams.
The DOJ’s counsel urged a three-judge panel to uphold Ademola Adebayo’s conviction and 10-year sentence for his role in a health care fraud scheme that purportedly milked $121 million from private insurers, Medicare and the U.S. military’s civilian health care program.
Prosecutors say Adebayo personally made $1.5 million in the scheme and used it to buy a house and luxury vehicles, including a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and two Cadillacs. They were all seized by the government.
He was convicted of various fraud and conspiracy charges after a four-day trial in January 2019 and was ordered to pay nearly $3.3 million in restitution.