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Indiana County doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud

September 27, 2018

A physician from Indiana County pleaded guilty to health care fraud in Johnstown, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Friday.

Dr. Michael Cash, 50, of Indiana, pleaded guilty to three counts before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon in U.S. Court in Pittsburgh.

Cash conspired to create and submit unlawful prescriptions for buprenorphine, an opioid painkiller. He then unlawfully dispensed medicine. Cash also committed health care fraud by submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare for payments to cover the costs of the unlawfully prescribed buprenorphine, prosecutors said.

Cash has been a prescribing physician with SKS Associates, an opioid treatment facility at Bedford Street in Johnstown.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17.

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