John Shekitka, a Bedford Teacher, Was Charged With Health Care Fraud
John Shekitka has been a teacher in the Bedford Central School District for over 30 years. He is currently an assistant professor of social studies and secondary education at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
His work has been published in various journals and books. He has also been a guest speaker at Sacred Heart University and Marist College.
Shekitka worked as a sales representative for a marketing company that marketed and sold compounded drugs. He recruited patients, including family members who had prescription drug coverage under the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program and the New Jersey School Employees Health Benefits Program, to obtain medically unnecessary prescriptions for compounded drugs such as pain and scar creams, metabolic supplements and vitamins. The marketing company paid Shekitka based on the medically unnecessary prescriptions that he generated. Shekitka pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, 2022. The maximum penalty for this crime is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.