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Scottsdale sales rep in fentanyl kickback scheme avoids prison

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A sales representative for a Chandler-based drugmaker that prosecutors said schemed to bribe doctors to prescribe its highly addictive fentanyl spray has avoided prison.

Prosecutors said 35-year-old Natalie Levine was sentenced Monday in federal court in Connecticut to five years of probation, the first six months of which are to be served in home confinement.

The Scottsdale, Arizona woman pleaded guilty in 2017 to conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law.

Authorities said in 2013 and 2104 while a sales rep for Insys Therapeutics, Levine paid medical professionals in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to participate in sham speaking engagements to promote the company’s opioid medications.

Company founder John Kapoor and four senior executives were previously convicted of their roles in the scheme and the company agreed to pay $225 million.

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