The former CEO of a Pennsylvania addiction treatment center has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in a fraud scheme.
Jason Gerner — who founded Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Liberation Way in 2015 after recovering from opioid addiction himself — was sentenced Monday. The punishment comes after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering last year.
Gerner admitted to accepting kickbacks from lab operators and illegally buying insurance for patients so that he and others could profit. He also confessed to recruiting patients with premium health care plans so he could benefit financially from billing for high-cost, out-of-network services.
The three year sentence is more than two years shorter than the maximum sentence Gerner could have faced. That sentence will be followed by three years of probation.
In addition to serving time, Gerner also must pay $9.3 million in court-ordered restitution, a third of which he has already paid, and forfeit another $445,000, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.