A federal judge has sentenced a man to six years in prison for his role in a prescription fraud scheme that included crimes of healthcare fraud, aggravated identity theft and violations of HIPAA, the U.S. Attorney's office in Alabama announced Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. also ordered Isaac Earl Smith, 38, who pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2009, to serve three years of supervised release after completing his prison term.
According to the release from the Alabama attorney's office, between September 2008 and April 2009, Smith:
"Not only did the people involved in this scheme illegally obtain and sell prescription drugs, they used stolen identities to cause insurance plans to bear the cost of these drugs, as if they had been issued for a legitimate purpose," U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said in a statement.
Martin Phanco, inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Atlanta, said the healthcare industry relies on the postal service, and "when fraudsters undermine that trust, they hurt not only the healthcare industry, but also the people who really do need medical attention.