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March 2, 2017

Posted  March 2, 2017

New York announced the sentencing of two pharmacy owners, a supervising pharmacist and ten corporations for defrauding several government-funded healthcare programs, including Medicaid and Medicare. An investigation revealed that on at least eight separate occasions between November 2013 and February 2014, the defendants paid patients hundreds of dollars in cash to forgo their prescription medications, the vast majority of which were to treat HIV. The defendants then submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Medicaid-managed care organizations and were reimbursed for distributing the medications, despite the fact that they were never dispensed to patients. Tarek Elsayed, 50, of Elmhurst Queens, the co-owner of 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx, was sentenced in Bronx County Supreme Court by the Honorable Stephen Barrett to one to three years in state prison. Previously, in August of 2016, Ahmed Hamed, 39, of Elmhurst Queens, the second co-owner of 184th Street Pharmacy, was sentenced to two to six years in state prison. In October of 2016, Mohamed Hassan Ahmed, 38, of Bayside, the supervising pharmacist at 184th Street Pharmacy, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and was required to surrender his license to practice pharmacy. Collectively, the three defendants stole over $10 million from government-funded health care programs. In addition, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) reached a $4.1 million civil settlement agreement with defendant Elsayed and a $3.8 million civil settlement agreement with defendant Hamed. NY

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