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Tulsa doctor to pay $84K after being involved in kickback scheme involving pain cream

Posted at 10:10 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 11:10:35-05

TULSA — A Tulsa doctor will pay the United States government $84,666.42 after he allegedly accepted illegal kickbacks when he gave his patients pain creams.

The doctor, Brandon Claflin, 42, received the payments from OK Compounding, LLC.

Claflin was a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine.

From 2013 to 2014, Claflin prescribed pain creams for his patients, facilitating the sale and distribution of his creams. As compensation for his services, OK Compounding paid him what was characterized as "medical director fees."

Officials said that because some of his patients were insured by TRICARE and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs of the United States Department of Labor, the kickbacks were in violation of the False Claims Act. It is illegal to pay or receive kickbacks in conjunction with federal healthcare insurance.

“Our Affirmative Civil Enforcement attorneys continue to prioritize these cases in an effort to recover illegally obtained funds that served to line the pockets of the corrupt,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “We are committed to ensuring that federal health care dollars are spent judiciously and in accordance with the law. Our diligence in this area sends a clear signal that abuse of federal health care programs will not be tolerated.”

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