More guilty pleas in massive health-benefits scam

Two New Jersey men have become the seventh and eighth to plead guilty in a massive prescription scam that swindled millions

More guilty pleas in massive health-benefits scam

Life & Health

By Ryan Smith

Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty to scamming more than $1.4 million from state health insurance plans.

Judd Holt, 42, and George Gavras, 36, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Holt defrauded state health plans out of more than $769,000. Gavras scammed more than $659,000 from state plans.

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Holt, a drug company representative, would provide prescriptions to others, who would have them filled and give him a percentage of their reimbursement, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

The two men are the seventh and eighth in the past month to plead guilty to crimes relating to a broad federal investigation into the abuse of compound pharmacy prescriptions. The fraud has robbed state health plans of millions of dollars, the Press reported.

The same investigation nabbed New Jersey doctor John Gaffney, who admitted to signing more than 200 phony prescriptions, scamming more than $24 million from state plans. He pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit health-benefits fraud. 

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