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Indictments Issued in $500M Healthcare Fraud Scheme Orchestrated by Brian Michael Sutton

Fraud, Bribery & CorruptionIndictments Issued in $500M Healthcare Fraud Scheme Orchestrated by Brian Michael Sutton

On November 7, 2023, additional individuals were indicted in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme, allegedly orchestrated by Brian Michael Sutton. The group, operating from call centers in Utah before relocating to Russia, exploited their relationships with private health insurance companies to acquire pharmacies across the U.S. The network, using aliases and encrypted communications, targeted beneficiaries by offering prescription medications without required medical examinations. Money laundering tactics, including the use of shell companies and straw owners, were employed to obscure their involvement.

The fraudsters, led by Sutton, implemented pharmacy management software for remote reimbursement requests, resulting in over $500 million in fraudulent prescriptions. Private insurers paid out over $280 million. While Sutton remains at large, his co-conspirators, Dela Saidazim and David Gary Bishoff, pleaded guilty to health care fraud conspiracy in February and March 2023, respectively. Three other defendants have been charged, and two await arraignment.

Health care fraud, causing over a billion dollars in estimated losses annually, includes scenarios like billing for nonexistent services, falsifying medical records, and diverting prescription medication. Red flags for compliance teams involve unusual transactions, payments from unrelated providers, and false documentation. US Attorney Breon Peace emphasized the commitment to investigating and prosecuting those taking advantage of health care plans.

By FCCT Editorial Team

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