Former Air Force Major sentenced for defrauding Tricare out of billions of dollars

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A former US Air Force officer will spend 24 months behind bars for her part in a nationwide scheme to defraud Tricare out of billions of dollars.

Major Romeatrius Moss, who pleaded guilty in October of 2019 to accepting kickbacks from civilian providers for referring patients at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma,  admitted to giving service members and other patients at the base medical clinic pre-printed prescription pads.

Her strategy, it seems, was to encourage the service members to ask their doctors for specialty medications, particularly those used for pain.

On Monday, Moss was sentenced to two years and ordered to pay the $622,459 she made in profits.

According to Military.com, her plea agreement also stipulates that she must relinquish her $750,000 house, a 2016 Porsche Cayenne and a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow RV.

The compound medications used in the scheme were the same medications that pharmaceutical companies began pushing after they found a loophole in federal regulation.

By the time the Defense Health Agency closed the loophole, over $2 billion had been paid out to the pharmacies.

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