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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 6, 2017

Doctor Sentenced to Probation, Community Service for Illegally Distributing Controlled Substance and Health Care Fraud

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Hermitage, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,695, a $6,000 fine and to serve 150 hours of community service focused on the amelioration of the opioid epidemic, on his conviction of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of Tramadol, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and health care fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Dr. Anthony Rossi, 66, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Rossi, a medical doctor, illegally distributed a controlled substance, Tramadol, for cash. Further, Dr. Rossi submitted false claims to Medicaid for health care services, including injections, which were never provided.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rossi.

Topic(s): 
Healthcare Fraud
Updated January 9, 2017