KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee doctor guilty of billing taxpayer-funded and private insurance to the tune of $ 3.5 million has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.
Robert Maughon pleaded with U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves for leniency in a hearing on Friday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Maughon had struck a plea deal in an “allergy drop” scam and was seeking probation. The drops are administered under the tongue but have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Prosecutors argued that Maughon knew the allergy drops he was billing weren’t approved by the FDA. Reeves called the crimes “serious, serious offenses” and said Maughon needed to be punished for them.
Reeves sentenced Maughon, who surrendered his medical license earlier this year, to 63 months in federal prison.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com