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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pittsburgh Doctor and His Employee Charged with Illegal Rx Drug Distribution, Health Care Fraud

PITTSBUGH - Two Pittsburgh residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of distribution of Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and Amphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, outside the usual course of professional practice, and health care fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The 15-count indictment named Brent E. Clark, 55, a family care physician who practices in Pittsburgh, and Carl T. Wilson, age 49, an office employee of Clark, as the defendants.

According to the indictment, from February 26, 2015 through March 27, 2017, Clark distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, on 13 occasions, and Amphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, on three occasions, outside the usual course of professional practice. The indictment also alleges that on March 27, 2017, Wilson knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possessed with intent to distribute and distributed oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. The indictment further alleges that from February 2015 to February 2017, Clark knowingly and willfully executed, and attempted to execute, the above-described scheme to defraud and to obtain, by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, money and property owned by and under the custody and control of United Health Care and Medicare, health care benefit programs, in connection with the payment for health care benefits, items and services.

For Brent E. Clark, the law provides for a maximum total sentence on all counts of incarceration of up to 270 months, a fine of $13,250,000, or both. For Carl T. Wilson, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brent E. Clark and Carl T. Wilson.

An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Updated April 18, 2017