- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey pharmacist is headed to prison for paying tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to physicians for referring pain cream prescriptions.

Federal prosecutors say Vladimir Kleyman received a 20-month sentence Wednesday. He also must pay more than $1 million in restitution.

The 44-year-old Lakewood resident was president and pharmacist-in-charge of Prescriptions R US.

From January 2013 through January 2014, prosecutors say he gave another person tens of thousands of dollars in cash and checks to provide bribes to physicians for referring the pain cream prescriptions to his Lakewood-based company.

The firm was a compounding pharmacy, which prepares medication, using different types and dosages of drugs, in order to provide more personalized medications for patients.

Kleyman had pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to pay kickbacks and commit health care fraud.

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