Tip to Federal Agents Leads to Jail Time for Pharmacy Owner

The Department of Justice announced a Nebraska pharmacist, and owner of two pharmacies, was sentenced to two months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $573,000.

The pharmacist was found guilty of making a false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement related to health care services. The investigation began in 2020 based on a tip to Federal Agents, and included pharmacy staff interviews, patient interviews and an inventory audit. The inventory audit reconciled claims billed to both Medicare and Medicaid with invoice purchases made by the pharmacy.

Upon completion of the investigation, the inventory audit identified significant shortages. Investigators discovered the pharmacist was billing for brand name drugs but ordering and dispensing the generics. Additionally, the pharmacist in question was submitting claims that were never dispensed to the patient.

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Dana Westberg, CPhT