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NJ Pharmaceutical Company Employees Sentenced to Prison for Selling Drug Samples, Defrauding Schering-Plough

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NEWARK - Two former employees of major New Jersey pharmaceutical companies were sentenced today for the illegal sale of nearly $300,000 in prescription drug samples to pharmacies in New Jersey and Florida, as well as a separate scheme to defraud Schering-Plough Corp. of more than $500,000, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg sentenced former Schering-Plough employee Alexander Best, 35, of Lincoln Park, to 16 months in prison and ordered him to pay $547,331 in restitution to Schering-Plough. Former Novartis sales representative Philip Zamloot, 35, also of Lincoln Park, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $156,997 in restitution to Schering-Plough.

“MyRxForLess” Owners Guilty of Importing Phony Phamaceuticals from Mexico

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United States Attorney Carol C. Lam announced today that three of the principals of an Internet pharmacy business known as “MyRxForLess” pled guilty in federal district court in San Diego before United States District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller to federal charges related to their roles in an Internet pharmacy scheme. Charles William Naron pled guilty to conspiracy, conspiracy to launder money and to criminal forfeiture. In his plea, Naron admitted that beginning in December 2002, and continuing up to the time of his arrest on November 5, 2004, he, together with Stephen Lewis and Pamela Lewis, operated an Internet pharmacy business, known as MyRxForLess, located in Lake Worth, Florida. Naron acknowledged that MyRxForLess had a website by which customers could order prescription drugs without having a prior prescription. The website falsely stated that all the drugs were obtained from a reputable Mexican pharmacy, and falsely indicated that individuals could lawfully import a 90-day supply of prescription pharmaceuticals into the United States from Mexico.

3 Plead Guilty in $2 M Scheme to Steal Insulin From the Army

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WICHITA, KAN. – United States Attorney Eric Melgren announced that three people charged with participating in a scheme to steal insulin from the medical supplies of the U.S. Army have entered guilty pleas. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten in Wichita received guilty pleas Jan. 26, 2005, from John W. Cooper, 29, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Donna Cooper, Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Max H. Thomas, 22, Fort Riley, Kan. John Cooper pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ship stolen merchandise in interstate commerce and to a count seeking forfeiture of cash and real estate obtained as a result of the crime.

2 Defendants Receive Jail Time for Insurance Fraud

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SACRAMENTO—United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that LISA REYNOLDS, 29, of Sacramento and AARON WARD, 26, of Folsom, were sentenced to 8 months and 10 months of jail time/home detention for their participation in a scheme to submit fraudulent insurance claims to Farmers Insurance Group. The case is the product of an extensive investigation conducted by FBI. According to Assistant United States Attorney S. Robert Tice-Raskin, who prosecuted the case, starting in the Summer or early Fall of 2002, defendants LISA REYNOLDS, AARON WARD and IAN REYNOLDS (former husband to LISA REYNOLDS) agreed upon a scheme to defraud Farmers Insurance Group by creating fictitious insurance claims and utilizing the claims proceeds for their own benefit.

Former pharmacist pleads guilty to felonies (Mohave Daily News)

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KINGMAN — A former Bullhead City pharmacist pleaded guilty Monday in Mohave County Superior Court to two of the three felony charges he faced. Howard Jones, 55, was originally charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft and acquiring a narcotic drug.

EAST BAY PHYSICIAN INDICTED FOR HEALTH CARE AND MAIL FRAUD

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188 Fraud Counts Charged The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced the return of a second superseding indictment charging Dilbagh S. Chattha, M.D., 52, of Pleasanton, California, with 94 counts of health care fraud and 94 counts of mail fraud. The initial indictment in this case was returned by a grand jury on January 8, 2004. According to the indictment, Dr. Chattha is alleged to have submitted bills for reimbursement by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the State of California Workers’ Compensation Program in which he claimed that he:

FOUR MEN INDICTED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONSPIRACY

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Boston, MA… Four men from Newton, Shrewsbury, Marblehead and Gloucester were charged today in federal court with fraud and money laundering in connection with false billings to insurance companies for medical tests. IGOR MOYSEYEV, age 45, of Newton, SEVERIN YELAUN, age 30, of Shrewsbury, DR. DAVID TAMAREN, age 60, of Marblehead, and JOHN MONTONI, age 51, of Gloucester, were charged in an Indictment with Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering and Conspiracy. According to the Indictment, MOYSEYEV and YELAUN were the principals of Global Tech Diagnostics based in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and YELAUN was the principal of Lynn Diagnostics Management based in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Indictment alleges that between 1999 and 2002, Global Tech and Lynn Diagnostics billed insurance companies for diagnostic examinations that were not conducted. The billings submitted also contained other fraudulent misrepresentations. It is alleged that the Global Tech billings exceeded $100,000 and the Lynn Diagnostics billings exceeded $50,000.

KANSAS CLAIMS PROCESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FALSIFYING MEDICARE

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Topeka, Kan. – United States Attorney Eric Melgren announced that Melissa Cyr, 24, Topeka, Kan., has pleaded guilty to making false statements relating to health care matters. She entered a plea Jan. 11, 2005, before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Crow in Topeka, Kan. In her plea, Cyr admitted that she fraudulently received more than $4,500 in bonuses by falsifying computer entries to Medicare records. Cyr was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas as a Medicare Secondary Payor claims processor during the period from May 1998 to January 2004. Blue Cross had a practice called the Employee Performance Incentive Program that

Modesto Chiropractors Arrested

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This is a link to the Insurance Journal article about this case.

Modesto Chiropractor (Department of Insurance)

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“MODESTO – A Modesto chiropractor and two employees were arrested early Thursday on charges that they repeatedly billed for services that were unnecessary or never rendered from 1996 through 2004, potentially costing insurers more than $10 million. Chiropractor Wilmer Dorado Origel, 44, of Modesto, is the owner and operator of the businesses involved in the alleged fraud. His associates, Rebecca Marie Benedict, 44, of Modesto, and Robin Elaine Barney, 40, of Oakdale, were also taken into custody. All three were booked into the San Joaquin County jail and charged with multiple felony counts, including insurance fraud, grand theft, and practicing medicine without certification.
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