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National Insurance Crime Bureau

Four People Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Multimillion-Dollar Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

CAMDEN, N.J. – Four people who participated in a scheme to defraud New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions have been sentenced to prison, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

  • Michael Pilate, 43, of Williamstown, New Jersey, formerly a guidance counselor with the Pleasantville public school district, and Tara LaMonaca, 47, of Linwood, New Jersey, formerly a pharmaceutical sales representative, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court today to 18 months in prison and eight months in prison, respectively.
  • George Gavras, 40, formerly a pharmaceutical sales representative from Moorestown, New Jersey, and Andrew Gerstel, 43, formerly a pharmaceutical sales representative from Galloway, New Jersey, were sentenced by Judge Kugler on Dec. 14, 2021, to 13 months in prison and 12 months and one day in prison, respectively.

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