Owner of pharmacies in New York City sentenced for multi-million dollar health care fraud

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Sajid Javid, an owner and operator of a number of pharmacies in the New York City area, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for using his pharmacies to submit more than $7.1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Broderick sentenced Javed, 49, of Fresh Meadows, Queens, to three years of supervised release and ordered him to make court-ordered restitution in the amount of $6,040,451.32 to Medicare and $1,150,562.16 to Medicaid, and imposed forfeiture in the amount of $7,191,013.48.

Javid previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

According to the press release from Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss the Complaint, the Superseding Information to which Javid pled guilty, court filings, and statements made in public court proceedings, show that while owning and operating a number of pharmacies in Brooklyn and Queens, Javid conducted a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid programs by seeking reimbursement for prescription drugs that were not distributed to customers.

Specifically, from January 2013 through December 2014, he obtained more than $7.1 million in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid for prescription drugs that his pharmacies never actually dispensed to customers.

Javid offered to pay, and did actually pay, kickbacks as part of his scheme, the press release noted.

 

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