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Pittsburgh doc illegally spoons out painkillers

March 13, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA — A former Penn Hills doctor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally prescribing drugs and defrauding insurance companies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh announced Tuesday that Brent Clark, 55, was guilty of illegal distribution of oxycodone and amphetamine and health care fraud.

Clark was ordered to pay nearly $226,000 in restitution and $51,000 in fines, according to U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.

He also was ordered to forfeit $131,000, the building where he had his medical practice and committed the crimes, his federal Drug Enforcement Administration prescribing number, his state medical license and a vehicle.

According to information presented to the court, from February 2015 through March 2017, Clark illegally distributed oxycodone on 13 occasions, and amphetamine on three. The government found that Clark swindled United Health Care, Medicare and Medicaid out of money for health care benefits, items and services.

Upon his release from prison, Clark must serve three years of supervised release.

Source: TribLive

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