Ex-Atlantic City firefighter gets probation for health care fraud

A former Atlantic City firefighter will avoid prison time for his role in a prescription compound medication scandal that cost state health care plans nearly $50 million. 

Michael Pepper was sentenced to three years of probation Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Pepper, who was living in Northfield at the time charges were brought against him, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health benefits fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler in August 2017. 

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