Pennsylvania Doctor Facing Charges Of Health Care Fraud And Opioid Diversion

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U.S. Attorney David J. Freed announced Friday a Pennsylvania physician has been indicted on health care fraud and opioid diversion charges.

Fifty-nine-year-old Charles J. Gartland of Cochranville allegedly defrauded two health care programs, including Medicare and WellSpan Health of York, Pennsylvania. Gartland wrote 221 prescriptions for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine and Fentanyl between September 2014 and August 2017, according to the indictment.

Judge And JuryGartland wrote 194 of 221 prescriptions under the names of three family members. These prescriptions were for “17,187 Hydrocodone-Ibuprofen 7.5-200 mg pills.” These prescriptions were not intended for treatment of the family members, but for Gartland’s personal use.

The prescriptions were filled by Gartland at four pharmacies in Lancaster, Chester and York counties. He told the pharmacies the prescriptions for his family, resulting in Medicare and WellSpan paying for the fraudulent prescriptions.

To read the full report, visit justice.gov.

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