- Associated Press - Monday, October 2, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who owned a compounding pharmacy has been charged with plotting to defraud a federal health insurance program out of more than $10 million.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town’s office said in a statement that 51-year-old John Christopher Lemley, of Decatur, was charged Monday with one count of conspiracy and is expected to plead guilty in the case. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Lemley’s plea agreement calls for him to forfeit nearly $1 million and a luxury car. Prosecutors say most of that money already has been seized from bank accounts controlled by Lemley or his businesses.

Lemley owned a Decatur pharmacy operating as Southern Compounding. Prosecutors say he conspired with others to defraud TRICARE, a U.S. Department of Defense health care program.

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