Former Terre Haute Prescription Shop owner John Love, Brazil, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Wednesday.
The sentence also included three years of supervised release.
According to officials with the United States Department of Justice, Love was charged with health care fraud and money laundering following an investigation by the Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, The Internal Revenue Service, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit.
According to officials, the investigation concluded that on or about Jan. 1, 2006, continuing through September 2010, Love "used his position at the pharmacy to carry out a scheme to defraud the Indiana Medicaid Program."
Investigators alleged that Love "submitted claims to the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescriptions that were never given to patients. Love used his access and knowledge of the Terre Haute Prescription Shop computer system to input false prescriptions into the computer billing system, which would then bill the Indiana Medicaid Program for the fraudulent claim. As soon as the computer system submitted the claim for the prescription to the Indiana Medicaid Program, Love would access the computer system again and void the prescription before any other employee could notice a record for a prescription that was never filled or dispensed."
As part of the scheme, according to officials, Love allegedly billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescription drugs significantly in excess of what Terre Haute Prescription Shop had ever ordered. As a result of the alleged acts, the Indiana Medicaid Program paid Terre Haute Prescription Shop $3,575,699.73 for prescriptions that were never provided to patients.
Officials alleged Love used at least $3 million of the fraudulent proceeds to purchase, in whole or part, four parcels of real estate, 15 vehicles, a destination wedding for one of his children, and numerous other personal expenses.
During the investigation, federal authorities seized five Harley Davidson motorcycles, two sports cars (a Corvette and a Mustang), four sport utility vehicles, two pickup trucks, one four-wheeler RV and trailer, and funds from multiple bank accounts.
According to officials, Love has already sold two parcels of the property he owned. In addition, federal officials stated he had forfeited the rest of the real estate he owned, all of which counted toward restitution of the $3.5 million taken.
Officials stated Love faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Officials stated this was the largest criminal health care fraud case prosecuted in southern Indiana.
It was recommended that Love serve his sentence at the Terre Haute Federal Complex, or a facility close to Terre Haute. The Bureau of Prisons will make a determination at a later date.