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Jason Nardachone. (Photo: Facebook).

Lodi teacher admits bilking school health benefits program of $550,000

Jason Nardachone will be sentenced in February

By David Wildstein, September 22 2021 1:11 pm

A Lodi public school teacher admitted today that he submitted fake claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions.

Jason Nardachone, a 51-year-old Nutley man, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  He is currently under suspension by the Lodi school district.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Nardachone submitted bills for compounded medications, including metabolic vitamins and creams for pain and scars, for himself and three other teachers that resulted in a loss of more than $550,000 to the N.J. School Employees’ Health Benefits Program.

He faces a maximum of ten years in prison.  U.S. District Court Judge Michael Vazquez has set his sentencing for February 1, 2022.

Nardachone’s late father, former New Jersey Bar Association President Emil Nardachone, had served as the Belleville municipal prosecutor and the general counsel to the Lodi Housing Authority prior to his death in 2005.

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