LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas doctor and a medical sales representative have been accused of taking part in a scheme which defrauded the U.S. military’s health insurer of more than $12 million.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Dr. Joe David May and Derek Clifton have been charged in a 43-count indictment. Both men are from Alexander.

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According to prosecutors, Tricare, the military insurer, paid over $12 million in 2015 for prescriptions, which were rubber stamped without examining patients.

The indictment says the two men also took part in a widespread effort to obstruct an investigation by authorities.

The charges in the indictment include conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, anti-kickback violations, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, lying to the FBI, falsifying records and obstruction of justice.

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According to the indictment, Tricare beneficiaries allegedly were recruited, sometimes for pay, to receive expensive compounded drugs they didn’t need. Prescriptions went to a Mississippi pharmacy, which shipped drugs nationwide and billed Tricare for reimbursement.

Authorities allege Clifton, a former basketball coach in Baxter County, sent May pre-filled prescriptions and May rubber stamped them for over 100 beneficiaries, for which Tricare paid $4.5 million.

Court records did not list attorneys for either May or Clifton.

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