Greene County doctor sentenced in fraud case

A Greene County doctor was sentenced to time in prison after pleading guilty last month to charges of Medicaid fraud, trafficking in drugs, theft and permitting drug abuse.

Dr. John P. Moore III was sentenced to 20 months in prison Thursday.

Moore reportedly ran a “pill mill” out of his Sugarcreek Twp. office between 2009 and 2014, according to court documents.

“I take full responsibility for my actions; I got lost,” Moore said in Greene County Common Pleas Court. “I went the wrong direction. I never meant to hurt anyone and I ask for your utmost mercy.”

Moore was originally indicted in September 2015 on 44 counts related to improper prescription drug activity at his office at Synergistic Health Center. Charges at the time included conspiracy, theft, aggravated trafficking in drugs and forgery after a two-year investigation and June 2014 raid of his offices. Nearly $100,000 was reportedly seized from Moore at the time.

Charges were reduced to seven counts as a result of a plea agreement. In exchange for Moore’s guilty plea and agreeing to pay more than $80,000 in restitution and other fees, the state dropped 37 of the charges and will not “pursue any collateral matters such as a civil restitution matter,” according to a court document.

The indictment described Moore as a prior convicted felon who was sentenced Oct. 7, 2002, for an illegal scheme to defraud health care programs.