Margate firefighter gets eight-year sentence in health care conspiracy case

A federal judge handed down one of his stiffest sentences yet in a vast $50 million prescription drug scheme that has snagged Jersey Shore firefighters, teachers, police officers, doctors and a pizza shop owner, sentencing a Margate firefighter to eight years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the conspiracy.

Thomas Sher, 50, of Northfield, Atlantic County, was sentenced to 96 months in prison after being convicted last September of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud following a 12-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden.

Sher chose to go to trial, unlike most of the 50 people who have been charged in the conspiracy. All but four have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sher’s brother, John, also a Margate firefighter, was sentenced to 37 months in April.

Another brother, Michael, has also pleaded guilty. Michael Sher testified at his brother’s trial, describing how he recruited him into the scheme he initially thought was legal but later realized “he was going down the rabbit hole.”

Source: Margate firefighter gets eight-year sentence in health care conspiracy case / The Philadelphia Enquirer

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