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Mississippi physician is sentenced in insurance fraud case

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi physician has been sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison for his part in an insurance fraud case.

The Sun Herald reports that 78-year-old Dr. Albert Diaz of Ocean Springs told prosecutors during his sentencing Thursday in Hattiesburg that they had not given him justice.

A jury found Diaz guilty March 2, in what prosecutors say was a scheme to defraud insurers by prescribing expensive and unneeded medicines. Diaz acknowledges he wrote prescriptions without seeing patients, but denied wrongdoing.

Two co-conspirators, Jay Schaar of Biloxi and Jason May of Lamar County, pleaded guilty in the case and are free on bond while they await sentencing.

Schaar, a pharmaceutical representative, recruited Diaz to write prescriptions for compound drugs that were filled at Advantage Pharmacy in Hattiesburg, co-owned by May.

This story has been corrected to show Diaz lives in Ocean Springs.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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