Louisiana man pleads guilty in Mississippi health care scheme

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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Louisiana man has pleaded guilty in Mississippi in connection with a multi-million dollar healthcare scheme.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Gulfport says in a news release that 57-year-old Thomas Wilburn Shoemaker of Monroe admitted participating in a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs.

The scheme involving fraudulent prescriptions involved Shoemaker’s role as a marketer for a pharmacy specializing in compounded medications.  

Shoemaker is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30. He faces up to five years in prison.

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