A pharmacist operating in Lincoln has been sentenced to slightly more than nine years in prison after pleading guilty in the largest health care fraud crime in Nebraska to date.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg has announced that 45-year-old Scott Tan of Omaha will serve three years of supervised released after his prison term. He has been ordered to repay $14,430,059.17 to the Nebraska Health and Human Services Agency, for the crime of health care fraud.
Tan pleaded guilty to health care fraud in September.
According to federal prosecutors, Tan submitted 2,346 false claims through Pharmacy Specialty Services of Lincoln to Nebraska Medicaid for dispensing tobramycin solution for inhalation (TOBI) – which he in didn’t dispense The fraud took place over a nearly six-year period between May of 2009 and March of 2015. Tran told federal prosecutors he used the money to support his gambling habit.
A federal grand jury indicted Ran in May of 2014 with 12 counts of health care fraud and six counts of identity theft.
Law enforcement has seized assets in an attempt to recoup the money, including more than $2.1 million in cash, a house in Waterloo valued at more than $800,000, car, a boat, and a trailer.
Both federal and state investigators worked on the case, including the FBI, the state Attorney General’s office and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.