(Reuters) – A former Mississippi pharmacist was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for a healthcare fraud that resulted in more than $180 million in false billings being submitted to private insurers and the federal TRICARE program for military service members, of which more than $50 million was paid out by the government.
Mitchell Barrett was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the U.S. Justice Department announced. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy last August.
“Mr. Barrett accepts the outcome of today’s sentencing hearing,” said John Moore, a lawyer for Barrett.
Prosecutors accused Barrett, 55, of defrauding TRICARE and private insurers by distributing medically unnecessary compounded medications while practicing as a pharmacist in Mississippi, where he co-owned multiple compounding pharmacies.