Northfield man found guilty in health care fraud case – Press of Atlantic City

September 12, 2022

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CAMDEN — Thomas Sher, a Northfield man and former Margate firefighter, was found guilty by a federal jury Thursday for his role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme.
The jury returned the verdict about 2:15 p.m. following nearly seven hours of deliberations, which began Wednesday afternoon and resumed Thursday morning. Sher is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10.
Sher was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sher was on trial for having been a “sub-recruiter” in a local health care fraud scheme that cost taxpayer-funded health insurance plans about $50 million.
While he was found guilty on health care fraud charges, he was acquitted of wire fraud charges.
Sher’s lawyer, Joseph Grimes, said he was at odds with the verdict, calling it “mixed.”
CAMDEN — A federal jury began deliberating Wednesday on whether Thomas Sher, 50, of Northfie…
“We have to evaluate our appeal options,” Grimes said outside the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kugler, who presided over the case.
After hearing the verdict, Sher grabbed his backpack and followed Grimes to waiting family members and friends.
Sher, Grimes and others who were there to support Sher in court throughout his trial had waited Thursday on the fourth floor of the courthouse for about five hours while the jury continued its deliberations.
The verdict follows a nearly two-week trial before the 12-person jury composed of six men and six women.
The scheme involved recruiters, more than a dozen of their subordinates and at least two out-of-state pharmacies that conspired to defraud the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program by having public employees submit claims with their health insurance provider for specially made or “compounded” medications they didn’t need.
The conspirators had capitalized on the fact that New Jersey’s State Health Benefits Program and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program both generously reimbursed pharmacies for these medications. Prosecutors say the ring collected the reimbursements, using some of the profit to pay kickbacks to doctors and employees who’d submitted the prescription, according to court documents.
CAMDEN — Thomas Sher, a Northfield man accused of taking part in a multimillion-dollar state…
The scheme took place from July 2014 to April 2016.
During closing arguments Wednesday, federal prosecutors maintained Thomas Sher joined his brothers, Michael and John Sher, in marketing compound supplements, as well as scar and libido creams, solely to people they knew were insured by a state health care plan, knowing their insurance would give ample reimbursements for the medications.
Meanwhile, Grimes had argued during his closing statements that the government’s charges were an overreach, saying his client, a fitness trainer, joined the operation to market the compound supplements to family, friends, coworkers and others he worked out with as a way to support their health.
Grimes told the jury his client didn’t target “gold goose” insurance plans that would furnish heavy payouts, instead marketing the medications to people who carried state insurance and needed to see a doctor.
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