The former CEO of Liberation Way, an addiction treatment center based in Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison on charges of operating a patient brokering scheme.
Jason Gerner, who also cofounded Liberation Way in 2015, was among 35 individuals arrested in 2019 in a two-state investigation. Gerner admitted to accepting kickbacks from lab operators and illegally buying insurance through fraudulent charities for patients in order to conduct frequent, medically unnecessary drug screenings.
Gerner last year also admitted to actively recruiting patients with premium insurance plans for the purposes of maximizing profits by billing for high-cost, out-of-network reimbursement.
Gerner faced up to more than five years in prison for his role in the scheme, per federal sentencing guidelines.