Brett Favre is not a target of a federal probe into possible medical billing fraud.
Federal agents looking for evidence of medical billing fraud among distributors of pain-relieving topical creams are investigating a Mississippi company linked to retired quarterback Brett Favre and his agent Bus Cook, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Favre, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, has endorsed products of World Health Industries Inc., which is the subject of a probe by the FBI and other agencies, according to the Journal.
The Hall of Fame quarterback may have a deeper interest in the companies caught up in the investigation. According to the Journal, investigators are examining one of his companies, the 3B Medical Group, and whether it was a “marketing and promotional arm” of one of the distributors involved in the probe.
The limited liability company appears to have been started in 2013 and was based at the same address where Favre and Cook have based their other business ventures. The two men are listed as “members” of the company, alongside the company’s president, Byron Barrett, who died last year.
The creams, which are marketed as pain relief for athletes and the elderly, are distributed through compounding pharmacies, where pharmacists often mix prescription ingredients for specialized needs.
“In response to a prescriber’s order, we are able to expertly compound a prescription to meet an individual’s unique needs,” the company says on its website, touting years “the latest technologies, superior ingredients, and the highest ethical standards to provide custom compounded therapies as a quality alternative to mass-produced oral medications.”
According to the Journal, authorities suspect WHI overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance companies, as well as Tricare, the health insurance program for U.S. military personnel.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi declined to confirm or deny any criminal investigation in that district, where several compounding pharmacies were raided last month.
Cook did not immediately respond Monday to Daily News requests for comments from him or his client.
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