Mississippi pharmacist forfeits $2M to settle charges
NEW ORLEANS - A Mississippi pharmacist accused of distributing painkillers online to customers who had not received in-person medical consultations has agreed to forfeit $2 million to the federal government.
The forfeit is part of a plea deal his company struck with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans.
The software company, eCareMD, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to one count of conspiracy to distribute Fioricet, a medication to treat tension headaches. The pharmacist, John A. McKinney, of Moss Point, Mississippi, signed the plea agreement as the company's sole manager.
Anna Christman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr., said the case was brought in the Eastern District of Louisiana because many of the prescriptions were distributed in the New Orleans area.