WEST PALM BEACH — A Broward County man accused of being involved in a fraudulent prescription drug scheme pleaded guilty Friday to patient brokering charges in two separate cases.
In a hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, Allan Jarboe argued for one count of patient mediation involving 20 or more patients in an August 2019 case, and six counts of patient mediation in another case as of November 2020, court records show.
In the 2019 case, Circuit Court judge Jeffrey Gillen sentenced Jarboe to six years in state prison, followed by two years of probation. In the 2020 case, Jarboe, a 45-year-old resident of Parkland and the one-time owner of a “medical marketing” company, was sentenced to five years on one count of patient mediation and one year on a single count, court records show.
It was not clear whether the sentences will be served concurrently, as court officials sealed documents specifying the terms of the plea agreements after Friday’s hearing.
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What is patient mediation and why is it illegal?
Patient mediation in Florida is considered a form of health care fraud. This usually involves sending patients with private insurance to drug treatment centers and urine testing labs. It is illegal for a lab or health care provider to offer or pay a commission, bonus, or bribe for referring patients.
The person in charge, often a person affiliated with a sober home, usually gets kickbacks from the thousands of dollars in insurance compensation that the centers and labs receive for the person’s drug tests. Those fees can be as high as $5,000 per week, depending on the number of tests.
Pharmacies have emerged over the past five years as a new place to “mediate” patients, authorities say. Palm Beach County saw its first case in December 2018.
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Jarboe was one of five people arrested in 2019, with Delray Beach police alleging he was a co-conspirator in a scheme that shared hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks after its members submitted hundreds of expensive mail-order prescriptions at a single pharmacy. Many of the recipes were fraudulent.
He was arrested the following year on additional charges when investigators from Delray Beach and the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force claimed he had received nearly $198,000 in bribes from the St. Louis-based pharmacy that was the center of the investigation. used to be.
Authorities alleged that Jarboe has instructed “marketers” associated with his company, SHN Telemed, to submit fraudulent mail order prescriptions to the Express Care pharmacy. The pharmacy received the receptors on preprinted forms for a variety of lotions and pills, researchers said.
Jarboe’s arrest in 2019 came after Jessica Silva, who owned Express Care with her father, told investigators she paid him a bribe in August and September 2017 in exchange for patient referrals.
Silva pleaded guilty to a patient brokering charge in March 2021 and was given two years’ probation.
Since 2016, Palm Beach County investigators have made 120 arrests for patient mediation. They have resulted in 110 convictions, most of them due to plea deals. Two suspects were found guilty during the trial.
Julius Whigham II is a criminal justice and public safety journalist for The Palm Beach Post. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @JuliusWhigham. Help support our work: Sign up today.
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