Bloomberg Law
Feb. 5, 2020, 12:21 AM

Four Charged in $22 Million Compound Cream Prescription Scheme

David McAfee
David McAfee
Staff Correspondent

Four people were indicted for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud a military health-care program out of more than $22 million by fraudulently billing for medically unnecessary compound cream prescriptions that are made from mixing ingredients.

James Nate Bell, the owner of Southern California-based Professional Compounding Pharmacy, was arrested Tuesday morning alongside Regina Piehl, who worked with companies that allegedly received kickbacks for referrals to the pharmacy, prosecutors said.

They allegedly defrauded the TRICARE health program for armed forces.

Two other defendants, Michael Edwards and Sara Samhat, who worked with Edwards, are expected to ...