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Two men arrested for patient brokering, Palm Beach County State Attorney says

Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 15:18:00-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Two men are under arrest and accused of a new patient brokering and insurance fraud scheme, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

He said the Sober Homes Task Force, along with West Palm Beach Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Todd Mulvaney and Richard Vallette.

He said the investigation discovered a new scheme involving pharmacy kickbacks to drug treatment facilities in exchange for high-priced prescriptions.

“As the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force continues its success in combating fraud in the area of unnecessary and excessive drug testing, new frauds emerge,” Aronberg said in a statement. “The Task Force is determined to attack new schemes involving pharmacies, and to continue to adapt and fight evolving abuses in the drug treatment industry.”

Mulvaney and Vallette face six counts of patient brokering, six counts of insurance fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit patient brokering and insurance fraud, and one count of insurance fraud by oral agreement not to pay required co-payments, Aronberg said.

Additional arrests are likely, the State Attorney said.