Hattiesburg dental surgeon pleads guilty for role in pharmacy scheme

Hattiesburg dental surgeon pleads guilty for role in pharmacy scheme
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg dental surgeon pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court for his role in a multi-million dollar pharmacy scheme.

Court documents show Brantley Nichols conspired with others to prescribe unnecessary medications to patients from Advantage Pharmacy. Court documents claim it was a scheme to defraud TRICARE, a health care program administered by the U.S Department of Defense, and other health care benefit programs.

According to the indictment, Nichols was solicited to prescribe high-yield compound medications to individuals. The indictment accused Nichols of signing blank, preprinted prescription forms and returning the prescriptions to Hope Thomley, knowing that she would later fill out the preprinted prescription and submit them to Advantage Pharmacy, who would dispense the medication and bill TRICARE and other health care benefit programs.

Nichols signed the prescriptions despite not examining the individuals, according to the indictment.

Under his guilty plea, Nichols faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Earlier this week, a Laurel nurse practitioner, Gregory Parker, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the scheme.

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