- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A doctor who took $60,000 in bribes for referring pain cream prescriptions and falsifying health records on behalf of a pharmacy has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

James Morales also must pay $78,018 in restitution under the sentence imposed Wednesday and forfeit $90,000.

The 47-year-old Toms River man had pleaded guilty in June 2015 to conspiracy to accept kickbacks and commit health care fraud.

Prosecutors say Morales accepted cash bribes from Prescriptions R Us, a Lakewood-based compound pharmacy.

Morales also admitted that the pharmacy’s owner told him the quantity of pain cream he had prescribed was too high to get reimbursed by an insurer. The owner asked Morales to start omitting quantity information on his prescriptions for the pain cream, and Morales agreed.

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