MLS's Philadelphia Union fired broadcaster Peter Pappas
after it was revealed he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for receiving $481,773 in kickbacks as a pharmaceutical
salesman. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a minimum of $250,000 in fines as part of a plea agreement reached in April 2016
Pappas, who worked for pharmaceutical giant Celgene, pleaded guilty in U.S. Federal court in New Jersey to filling unneeded prescriptions for himself and recruiting others to do the same via
insurance that paid for pain creams, scar creams and vitamins. The fraudulent reimbursements for prescriptions caused losses of $3.69 million.
Pappas, 44, was an indoor goalkeeper for
Philadelphia Kixx before doing TV and radio work for the Union. The Canadian replaced Alejandro Moreno
as the Union analyst in 2014.
In a statement released by Federal authorities
, Pappas was recruited by a
marketing firm paid by pharmacies for referring beneficiaries whose insurance plans would pay for compounded medication.
Pappas received commissions in return for compounded medication,
creams and vitamins he obtained at specific specialty pharmacies for himself and family members, and he took preprinted prescription forms to a friend who was a doctor and asked the doctor to
prescribe those medications.
Pappas also recruited beneficiaries of TRICARE, a health care benefit program for U.S. service members and their families, because he knew that TRICARE gave
high reimbursements for compounded medication and creams.
Pappas' sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25. He also faces separate proceedings before immigration authorities.
of St. Louis also pleaded guilty in the case.