Is your Neighborhood Pharmacist a Crook?

Some are, but maybe not your local friendly, helpful health professional!

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You can bet the drug industry and the Medicare fraudsters were happy to see Sessions out as Attorney General

A little over six months ago, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a major federal crackdown on doctors, pharmacists and other health providers for fueling the opioid crisis and using your Medicare and Medicaid dollars to line their pockets.

Here is a bit of one story about Sessions’ announcement.

From State News June 28, 2018:

Federal agencies on Thursday announced charges in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called “the largest health care fraud takedown in American history,” an investigation into over $2 billion in alleged fraud by doctors, pharmacists, and nurses.

Many of the allegations centered on illegitimate opioid prescriptions. The Justice Department charged 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, for their roles dispensing opioids and narcotics, the result of investigations spanning 30 state Medicaid programs and numerous enforcement agencies.

[….]

“Some of our most trusted medical officials, professionals, look at their patients, vulnerable people suffering from addiction, and they see dollar signs,” Sessions said.

The alleged fraud and false billings collectively accounted for 13 million illegal opioid dosages, the Justice Department said, and also included 23 pharmacists and 19 nurses.

The Department of Health and Human Services also announced that since July 2017, it has excluded over 2,700 individuals and 587 providers from Medicare and Medicaid “for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse” — including 67 doctors, 402 nurses, and 40 pharmacy services.

More here.

Here are a couple of more recent cases of Pharmacy fraud

Don’t miss my post from last week about Pharmacist Haytham “Tom” Fakih in Dearborn, Michigan.

Florida Fraudster

From a Justice Department Press release in December, here.

The owner of a Miami, Florida-area pharmacy who caused Medicare to pay more than $8.4 million over a six-year period for prescription drugs that were never provided to beneficiaries was sentenced today to 87 months in prison.

[….]

Antonio Perez Jr., 48, of Miami Beach, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno of the Southern District of Florida, who also ordered Perez to pay $8,415,824 in restitution and to forfeit the same amount. Perez was ordered to forfeit four Miami-area properties worth approximately $700,000 and multiple bank accounts totaling over $250,000. Perez previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

[….]

During the course of the scheme, Medicare paid Valles Pharmacy Discount over $32 million, of which at least $8.4 million was for prescription drugs that Valles Pharmacy never purchased and never provided to Medicare beneficiaries, Perez admitted.

 

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The owner of Akhtamar Pharmacy will be sentenced in February.

 

California case

***Update*** Tatarian gets four years in the ‘big house.’  See here.

Also in December a federal jury found Pharmacist Tamar Tatarian, 39, of Pasadena, California guilty of a Medicare fraud scheme after she billed Medicare $1.3 million for drugs she never purchased or distributed.

You will be interested to see that she was one of those caught in Sessions’ big sweep earlier this year.

Tatarian, the owner of Akhtamar Pharmacy, will be sentenced next month.

 

question markSecret decoder ring at work!  Tatarian must be Armenian. See the Legend of Akhtamar.  My reference to Secret decoder ring comes from Ann Coulter’s ‘Adios America’ where she rightly points out that readers of news stories about crooks and criminals must search for clues about where the alleged perp might come from and how he/she got in to the country.
Exception!  See yesterday’s post about the Russians ripping off Washington staters! There the reporter actually says where those arrested were from.

 

5 thoughts on “Is your Neighborhood Pharmacist a Crook?

  1. Ann- this is my major complaint concerning importation of (mostly impoverished) 3rd worlders: it isn’t that they’re “foreign” per se- it is that they abide by a culture that is far removed from ours, that is our culture of the Golden Rule is foreign to them, or at least not respected.
    Anyone who’s been to Mexico or any poor country knows what it’s like fending off incessant beggars. Those who’ve taken trips to Europe have more than likely experienced the gypsy street scam artists who are in every major tourist city and won’t leave you alone.
    My complaint really is, we are importing the world’s worst persons. They can be any color or religion, Armenians are “Christian” but I want to make something clear: Eastern culture is so different from Western- it is why the 1st world is tops in technology, SAFETY, security and first in quality as well.
    Americans are for the most part oblivious to what I will generalize as “Eastern cultures”- and please pardon me for sounding pedantic I do not mean to set myself upon high, I do want to instill in readers that these people find it too easy to LIE. To cheat. They will claim to be your friend, and cheat you out of your last dollar. A lot of the 3rd worlders are experts in getting money, no matter how small- because their very survival depends on it. For example, in India there exists a culture of fraud- so rampant, that a pharmacist who relocated there from the US to work at “Ranbaxy” stated she’d never seen anything like it. She said ” “There was a total lack of understanding,” she says, “of what it meant to be ethical” Ranbaxy (drug maker, India) entire business model was fraudulent- fake AIDs drugs “Ranbaxy executives didn’t care, says Kathy Spreen, and made little effort to conceal it. In a conference call with a dozen company executives, one brushed aside her fears about the quality of the AIDS medicine Ranbaxy was supplying for Africa. “Who cares?” he said, according to Spreen. “It’s just blacks dying.” Source: http://fortune.com/2013/05/15/dirty-medicine/

    When our manufacturing has gone overseas to the East (Chinese and North Korean factories) and our fruits and vegetables are picked by persons from a place where pigs are routinely fed human shit and there are no flush toilets, when our most vulnerable senior citizens are being sent “home health aides” who are military-aged Bengal men who have never touched a female human being in their lives- the construction agencies hiring men who have never passed the sixth grade if attended school at all our country is headed for the garbage. We shall become just like these countries: foul from the top, but in America’s case I think it’s fouling from the bottom up.

    Apologies for my very long rant- and this comment is no education for your readers, they are aware of it already- I am hoping this will get through to some others who naively are convinced that everyone is “just like us”- they’re not. Positive thinking, good will do not change reality. Being “nice” to other cultures, religions is fine and good but it won’t change people’s hearts which are corrupt.

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    Rich

    On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 7:47 AM Frauds, Crooks and Criminals wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Some are, but maybe not your local friendly, helpful > health professional! A little over six months ago, then Attorney General > Jeff Sessions announced a major federal crackdown on doctors, pharmacists > and other health providers for fueling the opioid cr” >

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