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Firefighter pleads guilty in long-running drug fraud scheme

April 12, 2019

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Ventnor, New Jersey firefighter is the latest person to plead guilty in a long-running investigation of a prescription drug fraud scheme.

Edward Sutor Jr. admitted in court Friday that he made about $355,000 by submitting bogus claims for expensive prescriptions reimbursed through the state’s health benefits plan.

The Linwood resident is one of about two dozen people who have pleaded guilty. His lawyer said he has also resigned from his firefighting job.

Prosecutors estimate nearly $3 million in claims were submitted for medications such as pain, scar, antifungal and libido creams.

Public employees submitted the claims, which often produced reimbursements of thousands of dollars per month per prescription.

An unnamed Louisiana-based compounding pharmacy allegedly received more than $50 million in reimbursements from the state in 2015 and 2016 and split that with some of the conspirators.