Sentencing delayed for Charleston pharmacy owner who pleaded guilty in fraud case

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Sentencing has been delayed for a Charleston pharmacy owner who pleaded guilty to making a false statement in a health care matter.

The Charleston Daily Mail ( reports a federal judge in Charleston on Monday pushed back the sentencing for Paula J. Butterfield from May 28 to Aug. 4. Her attorneys sought the delay.

Butterfield faces up to five years in prison.

She also pleaded guilty on behalf of her business, Trivillian's Pharmacy, to health care fraud and misbranding drugs. The pharmacy faces a fine, up to 10 years of probation and restitution.

Prosecutors have said Butterfield admitted the pharmacy dispensed compounded drugs and generic drugs and billed Medicare and Medicaid for brand name drugs, which are more expensive. Butterfield submitted false claims to Medicare on her own behalf.

Information from: Charleston Daily Mail,

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