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The Glens Falls oncologist and his wife who pleaded guilty last fall to criminal charges stemming from use of unapproved cancer drugs have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for making Medicare claims for those drugs.

Dr. Vincent Koh and his wife, Milly Koh, who worked as his office manager, agreed to the penalty as a settlement of a civil case under the federal False Claims Act.

The Kohs pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in U.S. District Court last fall for dispensing drugs to patients at their Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie practices that had not been approved for use in the United States. Claims for federal reimbursement under the Medicare program were made for the unsanctioned drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the penalty on Thursday.

The Kohs were found to have been buying “various discount oncology drugs from foreign sources” between July 2010 and March 2012, which led to patients illegally being given “mislabeled” medications, prosecutors said in a news release.

A lawyer for the doctor said last November that the charges were the result of “an innocent mistake” on the couple’s part, and there was no criminal intent. No one was harmed by the unapproved drugs.


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