DOJ Charges 48 People In $500M Medicaid Drug Scam

Law360, New York (July 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has charged 48 people over a $500 million Medicaid fraud scheme that diverted and trafficked prescription drugs previously dispensed to New York-area Medicaid patients to a nationwide black market, according to an indictment and criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

Medicaid patients — typically HIV and AIDS patients, but also patients with schizophrenia, asthma, and other illnesses, according to the indictment — filled prescriptions for month-long supplies of drugs at pharmacies throughout the New York City area, then sold them to “collectors” on...
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