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Two additional Green Country doctors tied to illegal kickback scheme

Posted: 1:19 PM, Mar 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 18:19:34Z
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TULSA — Two more Green Country doctors have been tied to an illegal kickback scheme involving prescriptions for pain creams.

Doctors Mary Johnson, 44, of Claremore, and Jeff Halsell, 50, of Tulsa both entered into settlement agreements in connection with the case, which involved illegal payments from OK Compounding, LLC.

Johnson, a Claremore podiatrist, agreed to pay the government more than $76,000 after she was accused of accepting payments in 2013. Halsell, a doctor of osteopathic medicine in Tulsa, agreed to pay the government more than $52,000 after he was accused of accepting payments from the pharmacy in 2013.

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The settlement agreements resolve allegations that the doctors prescribed pain creams in return for illegal payments.

“These greedy medical professionals are a major disappointment. Patients expect doctors to uphold strict ethical standards and place patient care above their own financial motives,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “My office will use every tool at our disposal to remind corrupt physicians that the health of their patients is not for sale and that government health care programs are not free to plunder.”

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