A 45 year old San Antonio woman is facing up to five years in federal prison for her role in a pharmaceutical scam, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Holly Blakely, who was a pharmaceutical company representative, was charged with paying kickbacks to medical professionals to get them to write prescriptions that patients didn’t need.
The scripts would then be taken not to drug stores, but to small ‘compounding pharmacies,’ which would then submit payment vouchers to insurance companies, and the TRICARE insurance plan, giving some of the cash they received to Blakely.
Federal prosecutors say Blakely operated this scam for nearly two years, during which time she pocketed more than $1.1 million. Total losses to the insurance companies totaled more than $8 million.
Prosecutors say sometimes the prescriptions would be issued in the names of people who had never seen a medical professional, and on occasion, the signatures of medical professionals were forged on the scripts.
Blakely was charged with thirty separate counts and was set to stand trial next week.
She pleaded guilty to commit wire fraud, health care fraud, bribery, and paying kickbacks.