Clinton pharmacist sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud

 

Date: February 2, 2021

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Jackson, MS — Marco Bisa Hawkins Moran of Clinton, Mississippi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to 120 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiring to commit health care fraud, announced Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. Thornton of IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

Moran was also ordered to pay a monetary judgment of $12,195,740, restitution in the amount of $22,096,697, and a $20,000 fine.

Between 2014 and 2016, Moran, as co-owner of Medworx Compounding and Custom Care Pharmacy, participated in a scheme to defraud TRICARE and other health care benefit programs, including those that provided coverage to employees of the City of Jackson, Mississippi. In total, the pharmacies submitted $22,068,144 in fraudulent claims to Tricare and other health care benefit programs. As part of the scheme, Moran and his co-conspirators, among other things, adjusted prescription formulas to ensure the highest reimbursement, paid marketers and physicians kickbacks and bribes to obtain prescriptions for high-yield compounded medications irrespective of whether they were medically necessary, and routinely waived and/or reduced the collection of copayments.

Moran was charged in a Criminal Information and pled guilty before Judge Starrett on September 13, 2018.

The IRS – Criminal Investigation, FBI, DCIS, and MBN conducted the investigation leading to the sentencing. Principal Assistant Deputy Chief Dustin M. Davis and Trial Attorney Sara E. Porter of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk of the Southern District of Mississippi prosecuted the case.