Prescription Probe, Voting Block, Dinner Under The Stars – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Prescription Probe
Two pharmaceutical reps from Marlton and Moorestown pled guilty yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into healthcare fraud in South Jersey, reports Lynda Cohen for BreakingAC. This time the Attorney General’s office did not release the plea agreements, but it did release the ‘informations’ for each plea. The only real takeaway we noticed from the docs here is that the rate of the alleged received kickback in the scheme for each of these two reps was dramatically different. Marlton’s Judd Holt caused the ‘Pharmacy Benefits Administrator’ to pay  $769,762.53  for compound creams and Holt personally received $95,574.49 in payments. Meanwhile, Moorestown’s George Gavras caused the ‘Pharmacy Benefits Administrator’ to pay  $679,368.53 for compound creams and Gavras personally received $204,002.02. There are still so many questions…

Photo from Newport, Cumberland County via Sue (@suerogo0624 on Instagram.)

Voting Block
For the first time in 12 years, New Jersey is choosing a governor without an incumbent in the race. It’s a critical moment for the future of the state, and it comes at a time when conversations across the political divide are becoming increasingly difficult. Route 40 is writing about the election issues that matter to residents of Atlantic City’s Bungalow Park as part of Voting Block, a New Jersey collaborative reporting effort. The project, produced in collaboration with The RecordNJ SpotlightWHYYWNYCReveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Cooperative Media and New America Media, will explore the gubernatorial election through different neighborhoods around the state. Find more reporting from the series here. Read our first piece from Bungalow Park here.

Dinner Under The Stars
We were blown away by the ‘Night Under the Stars’ event organized by the non-profit 4AC x AC and we’re now looking forward to hearing where their next pop-up dining event will be. Last night’s seven-course dinner was at Atlantic City’s closed surf stadium – read more here.

In the rest of the headlines, prosecutors have opened a new front in the Sen. Bob Menendez trial (involving a port security contract he allegedly helped co-defendant Salamon Melgen with), officials are asking for watercraft activities to be suspended around Atlantic City’s Bader Field after a sewage leak was detected, three drowned and dozens were rescued this weekend as dangerous surf conditions continue along the Jersey shore, read about a new book written with help from the letters of a Vietnam war casualty from Runnemede, and a Monday-night fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association featuring candidate Phil Murphy and South Jersey’s George Norcross was expected to raise at least $450,000. All that and more below:

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