Pharmacist indicted on federal fraud charges

When an Oregon resident is accused of a federal crime, it is a serious situation and not likely one to be handled without legal counsel. A pharmacist in another state who has been the subject of a federal investigation for a long time was recently indicted on 46 fraud charges. It is alleged that he defrauded Medicare and Medicaid to the tune of $1 million in federal government funds.

The 46 charges include 39 charges of health care fraud, a charge of making a false statement and six counts of identity theft. The indictment alleges the fraud occurred between Jan. 2008 and March 2014 during which time the pharmacist submitted fraudulent claims to obtain Medicaid and Medicare benefits that were withheld from beneficiaries. Allegedly, fraudulent prescription orders were created and claimed, resulting in reimbursement of about $1 million.

The charge for making a false statement refers to an audit by the state's health department in 2013 in which he is said to have provided false information. The identity theft charges refer to the defendant allegedly using federal Drug Enforcement Administration information and the details of two doctors to generate fake prescriptions for submission of false claims. The pharmacist was released, and he is awaiting his arraignment that is scheduled for the end of August.

Navigating the defense of federal fraud charges in Oregon is extremely complicated and best handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney. This pharmacist will likely fight the charges against him under the guidance of his attorney. While it remains to be seen what the final result will be, experienced legal representation typically goes a long way toward achieving the best possible result.


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