Medical office manager sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for leading oxycodone distribution ring
PHILADELPHIA – A Bucks County medical office manager was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert for his role in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and for health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.
Michael Milchin, 37, of Philadelphia, the manager of Central Bucks Health Associates, was charged in 2017 with conspiring with 13 other defendants to fill hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone at various pharmacies in and around Philadelphia. Milchin then sold the fraudulently obtained pills to others. While the fraudulent prescriptions purported to be written by a physician with Central Bucks Health Associates, the physician in question had no affiliation with Central Bucks Health Associates and never authorized any of the prescriptions
“It is crimes like this that are perpetuating the opioid epidemic,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Opioid abuse is killing people. It’s tearing apart families and ruining lives. As the court found, the defendant was driven only by greed, without regard to the public health hazard he was creating. My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute any criminal scheme that contributes to the opioid epidemic.”
Milchin also worked with a chiropractor to defraud private insurance companies, Independence Blue Cross and Aetna, by billing those insurers more than $700,000 for chiropractic services that were never provided.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Kay Costello.