Drug treatment operator pleads guilty to brokerage with patients

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A man in charge of operations at a West Palm Beach drug treatment center pleaded guilty this week to negotiating with more than 30 people.

In a case dating back to In late 2018, Mark Sanchez admitted to helping swap fake prescriptions with pharmacies for money from insurance companies, court records show.

Sanchez, 43, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a brokerage case with patients and was sentenced to five years in prison. If no new criminal charges are filed against him by February, a judge will reduce his sentence to 18 months, according to court records.

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The arrest report said Sanchez managed the day-to-day operations of Life Recovery of the Palm Beaches, a West Palm Beach drug and alcohol treatment center specializing in individualized treatment programs, according to their Facebook page.

Prescriptions ordered by Sanchez and his partners usually never reach patients, state prosecutors say.

Instead, insurance companies were billed by pharmacies and, in return, pharmacies would pay bribes to Sanchez on the money they received from insurance proceeds, documents show. judicial.

Investigators said handwritten prescriptions would be ordered without the knowledge of the patient or medical staff.

Sanchez helped launder bribes through other companies, disguising the income as “financial advice” provided by the company, court records show.

Sanchez received bribes on 38 patient prescriptions and won $ 23,000, prosecutors said.

He can’t work with health care, drug treatment or lab tests, a judge ordered. He must also pay more than $ 15,000 in fines.

Sanchez is a convicted felon, due to a car theft and burglary case in 2007 and should have already been banned from working at a treatment center, court documents say.

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