A local pharmaceutical sales representative was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on bribery charges on Thursday.
In addition to the prison term, Blakely will pay nearly $ 1,800 in restitution and be placed on supervised release for three years after completing her prison term.
On February 21, 2019, Blakely pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count that involved wire fraud, Health Care Fraud, violating the Texas Commercial Bribery statute, and paying and receiving illegal kickbacks. According to court records, from February 2013 through December 2014, Blakely and others submitted numerous fraudulent prescriptions on behalf of unsuspecting individuals to two different pharmacies for compounding medications. Numerous prescriptions were for patients who never sought treatment from the medical professional who wrote, or whose name was used to obtain, the prescription.
Blakely received commissions from pharmacies based on the amount of money the pharmacies received from private and government health care insurers for prescriptions submitted by conspirators and filled by the pharmacies. Blakely, in turn, paid kickbacks to medical professionals to induce them into writing prescriptions for insured patients.
The total loss amount due to the defendant’s scheme was approximately $8,846,972.