NJ firefighter defrauded medical health insurance plans of $1M


CAMDEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) – A Recent Jersey firefighter was convicted on Thursday for defrauding public medical health insurance plans out of roughly $1 million, authorities said.

Thomas Sher, 50, a Margate firefighter, was found guilty of 1 count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud.

In accordance with court documents, Sher was a part of a criminal conspiracy by which state and native government employees were recruited and compensated to receive medically unnecessary compound prescription medications.

Sher caused the pharmacy advantages administrator to pay out almost $1 million for medically unnecessary compound prescription medications for people they recruited into the scheme.

Sher directly received roughly $115,000 from the scheme, officials said.

Sher was indicted in March 2019 on charges that they defrauded Recent Jersey health advantages programs and other insurers.

Thus far, roughly 40 people have been convicted or pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.

Sher’s brother, John Sher, who can be a Margate firefighter pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Sher faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 high quality, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is best.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2023.


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