Air Force Nurse Pleads Guilty in Tricare Fraud Scheme

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Then Capt. Romeatrius Moss at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 19, 2013. (U.S Air Force/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)
Then Capt. Romeatrius Moss at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 19, 2013. (U.S Air Force/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)

OKLAHOMA CITY — An officer at an Oklahoma military base has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in kickbacks for referring health insurance beneficiaries to certain pharmacies.

Federal prosecutors say Maj. Romeatrius Moss, a nurse at the medical unit of Vance Air Force Base in Enid, pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving a kickback on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

Court records allege Moss solicited and received $73,823 for steering individuals covered by TRICARE, a health insurance program for U.S. military members, to compounding pharmacies. Prosecutors allege Moss provided pre-printed prescription pads and sent doctors' prescriptions to specific compounding pharmacies, which paid her a percentage of the payments they received from TRICARE.

Moss' defense attorney, S. Thomas Adler II, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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