Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On 21st July 2020, Special Agent in Charge of the DCIS (Defense’s Criminal Investigative Service’s) Southeast Field Office Cyndy Bruce, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in Mississippi Michelle Sutphin, and U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announced that Gregory Parker, age 51, from Laurel, Mississippi and Brantley Paul Nichols, D.M.D., age 42, from Oxford, Mississippi were convicted by Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett for conspiracy to perpetrate health care fraud.
Gregory Parker was convicted to eighteen months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised liberation. He was in addition directed to remit a remuneration in the sum of 566,979.69 USD.
Brantley Paul Nichols was convicted to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised liberation with six months of electrical observation. He was in addition directed to remit a fine of 75,000 USD along with remuneration in the sum of 696.026 USD.
Between 2012 and 2015, while Parker was operating as a nurse, he plotted with Hope Thomely, the proprietor of Total Care Marketing and Advantage Pharmacy situated in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and other accomplices to write a number of blank prescriptions for very costly compounded lotions that Parker was aware were medically unrequired. A number of the prescriptions were for patients Parker never tested, such as Thomely’s relatives. As part of the plot, Parker made an agreement with Thomely that he would be offered a kickback for authorizing dietary supplements that were blended by Advantage Pharmacy. Parker confessed that he would not have issued the prescriptions unless he was being remunerated. The Health care benefit programs, including TRICARE, reimbursed 566,979.69 USD as a result of Parker’s fraudulent prescriptions.
Like Parker, starting in October 2014 and proceeding to January 2016, Nichols plotted with other accomplices to write many blank prescriptions for very costly compounded drugs for patients that he did not test. Nichol confessed he was aware that the prescriptions would be presented to Advantage Pharmacy, and TRICARE and other health care programs would be finally charged for the medically unnecessary prescriptions. In summation, TRICARE remunerated Advantage Pharmacy nearly 696,000 USD for the prescriptions that were written by Nichols.
Hope E. Thomely, age 52, earlier admitted guilt to a single count of conspiracy to perpetrate money laundering and tax evasion and a single count of conspiracy to perpetrate health care fraud.
The investigation for the case was conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the DCIS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the IRS-CI. The prosecution for this case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Mississippi Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk and Trial Attorney of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Sara E. Porter and Assistant Chief Dustin M. Davis.
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