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Pharmacist Sentenced to 6 Months, $1.4M Forfeiture for Kickback Scheme

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 1

A pharmacist who pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge will serve six months in prison for his role in a kickback scheme that a federal grand jury at one point alleged netted more than $211 million in payments on compound drugs. And while prosecutors and attorneys representing Hootan Melamed agreed that a fair range of estimated losses resulting from the scheme would be $9.5 million to $19.8 million, he was ordered to forfeit $1.4 million and pay a $100 fine. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff on Monday ordered Melamed to turn himself in and start serving his sentences by Oct. 1. Melam...

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