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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Physician Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Drugs and Defrauding Health Care Companies

PITTSBURGH - Brent E. Clark, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a 60-month term of imprisonment at each count of conviction, to run concurrently, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, at each count to run concurrently, 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. Clark was also ordered to pay a mandatory $1,000.00 special assessment, a fine of $50,000.00, and total restitution in the amount of $225,874.33, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The Judge also ordered that Clark forfeit $131,000, the building owned by Clark wherein he conducted his medical practice and he committed the offense conduct, Clark’s Drug Enforcement Administration prescribing number, Clark’s Pennsylvania state license to practice medicine, and a vehicle.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Clark, 55, a family care physician who practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the Court, from February 26, 2015 through March 27, 2017, Clark distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, on thirteen occasions, and Amphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, on three occasions, outside the usual course of professional practice. Also, from February 2015 to February 2017, Clark knowingly and willfully executed a scheme to defraud United Health Care, Medicare, and Medicaid in connection with the payment for health care benefits, items, and services.

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Brent E. Clark.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
Health Care Fraud
Updated March 13, 2018