The president of a Lakewood compounding pharmacy faces up to five years in prison for fraud that federal prosecutors say cost health insurors and federal health benefit programs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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In Camden, Vladimir Kleyman, 43, pharmacist-in-charge at Prescriptions R Us, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to pay kickbacks and commit health care fraud, according to information from the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Kleyman was charged in January of this year. He also risks a fine of up to $250,000, and federal authorities seek forfeiture of all money collected under the ruse. Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2015.

He admitted paying tens of thousands of dollars to a middleman give to doctors during calendar year 2013, in return for referring prescriptions for a compounded pain cream to his company. The mixture involved in the probe contained ketamine, lidocaine an diclofenac, authorities said.

Kleyman admitted dispensing the pain cream in the knowledge that federal health care programs and some insurors wouldn't cover it, but submitting the claims as items other than the salve.

He also admitted falsifying information about the quantity and frequency of dispensing the cream.

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