A pharmacist from Doubs was sentenced to three years in prison, two of which were suspended, for having defrauded the Primary Health Insurance Fund (CPAM) of more than 600,000 euros, in order to finance real estate purchases. The trader from Morteau, near the Swiss border, was convicted of aggravated fraud to the detriment of an organization responsible for a public service mission by the criminal court of Besançon, prosecutor Etienne Manteaux said on Thursday. Tried on prior admission of guilt, the 50-year-old man was also ordered on Wednesday to compensate the CPAM and pay 30,000 euros in fines.

The pharmacist admitted to having continued to invoice, without their knowledge, the treatment of six patients to Social Security without dispensing medicines between 2017 and 2022, for an amount of 617,181 euros, in order to finance real estate purchases. Three apartments were confiscated: in Val d’Isère, in Fréjus and in Morteau, as well as a vehicle worth 50,000 euros and life insurance, in order to compensate the CPAM du Doubs. The investigation, carried out by the anti-fraud unit of the Doubs gendarmerie, began with a report to the CPAM prosecutor’s office following a suspicion of fraud.