Verlon Lane Pierce, the former owner of Medicine Arts Pharmacy in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been sentenced in federal court to six months of home incarceration and two years probation as a result of his involvement in a health care fraud suit. Pierce had admitted that between 2001 and 2004, he defrauded Medicaid and other government programs by submitting claims for reimbursement for complimentary drug samples that Pierce provided to customers. Earlier, Pierce was forced to pay $850,000 in criminal forfeiture proceeds and a substantial amount to settle False Claims Act charges involving health care fraud.

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