LawFuel – US Legal News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States…

LawFuel – US Legal News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Kimberly McKinley, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Personnel Management – Office of Inspector General, announced today that defendant Enrique A. Pollack, a/k/a Henry A. Pollack, was sentenced to serve a six-month term of imprisonment for committing health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347. Upon release, Pollack was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release. Pollack was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $68,305.

Pollack had been employed as an aide by the Congress of the United States, U. S. House of Representatives since December 16, 1993. As a federal employee, the defendant was eligible to participate in The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), a health care benefit program created to provide health benefits to federal employees. The United States Office of Personnel Management of the federal government contracts with various insurance companies to offer these benefits.

Pollack previously pleaded guilty to Counts 33 through 36 of an Indictment, which charged the defendant with filling prescriptions and refills for a human growth hormone in 2005, and causing the submission of claims to the FEHBP for reimbursement of the drugs. During his plea colloquy, Pollack admitted to having misrepresented and having caused others to misrepresent information relating to his medical condition and history in order to have the prescriptions approved for insurance coverage.

U.S. Attorney Acosta stated, “Public servants, at all levels of government, have a duty to those whom they serve to follow the law. This prosecution makes clear that no one is above the law, and that we will vigorously prosecute these cases.”

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the Office of Personnel Management – Office of Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eloisa D. Fernandez.

A copy of all press releases may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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