NY Pharmacist Pleads Guilty In $3M Medicare Fraud Case

By Dani Kass (May 25, 2016, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A New York pharmacist pled guilty Wednesday to falsely billing $2.7 million to government health care programs largely for HIV and AIDS medication refills never requested by or given to patients, to keeping the profits and to lying about the money on his tax returns.

Before U.S. Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky, Andrew Barrett, 57, pled guilty to health care fraud and filing false tax returns. He faces up to 10 years in prison, restitution, criminal forfeiture and a fine, federal prosecutors said.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Barrett had billed Medicare and Medicaid for the drugs, which included...

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