MLS TV analyst enters guilty plea to fraud conspiracy

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.

Stephanie Naar of St. Louis also pleaded guilty in the case.
1 comment about "MLS TV analyst enters guilty plea to fraud conspiracy".
  1. Richard Brown, July 20, 2016 at 7:53 p.m.

    There are legal drugs for sale here in the United States that are very expensive in Germany. So a German pharmacuitcal company will open a small branch in a place like NJ.

    7 people operation max they buy the legal drugs here in the US and send them to Germany. Germany sells the drugs at their normal price. The 7 guys make millions because they don't sell it back to the company for the price they paid for it.

    That happens all the time.

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