Ex-Rite Aid exec pleads guilty in $5 million kickback scheme

Carlisle/West Shore

A former Rite Aid executive has pleaded guilty to taking part in a kickback scheme. 

James Pilsner, 60, of Harrisburg, entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court. 

U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office said Pilsner engaged in the scheme with the owners of a Rite Aid vendor, Atlanta-based Nuvision, Inc.

Pilsner, a former vice president for advertising, approved inflated invoices and received a significant portion of Rite Aid’s payments to Nuvision.

He received about $5.1 million in kickbacks from 2001 to 2017, prosecutors said.

Pilsner also pleaded guilty to income tax evasion. Prosecutors said he avoided over $157,000 in federal income taxes by not reporting his kickback money in 2013.

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