DOJ Charges 16 In $175M Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

Law360, New York (September 1, 2016, 8:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged 16 individuals in Florida federal court as part of an elaborate fraud scheme that allegedly used call centers and kickbacks to generate bogus prescriptions and bilk government and private insurers for $175 million.

The charges include conspiracy to commit racketeering, launder money and commit wire fraud. A criminal information described a breathtaking enterprise that allegedly operated from 2013 to 2015 and controlled numerous stops on the supply chain, including selection of ingredients for compounded drugs, solicitation of patients for unnecessary prescriptions and funneling of kickbacks to "corrupt physicians."

The operation's alleged ringleader was...

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