A former University at Buffalo soccer star from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Jersey to submitting phony insurance claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, defrauding benefit programs to the tune of $45 million.
Steven M. Butcher, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and violating an anti-kickback law, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey said.
Butcher, who is UB's all-time leading scorer in men's soccer and played for now-defunct indoor professional team the Buffalo Blizzard, is a former pharmaceutical sales representative who became owner and operator of MedMax LLC, a marketing company for compounded medications, federal prosecutors said.
Butcher admitted to executing a scheme from July 2014 through April 2016 to submit phony insurance claims for compounded medications marketed by MedMax for some compounding pharmacies, prosecutors said.
As part of his plea, Butcher must forfeit nearly $4.6 million and pay restitution of at least $45 million. He also faces a potential prison term when he is scheduled to be sentenced May 18.