DOJ: Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to fraud schem that cost Medicare $2.2M

Published: Apr. 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said the owner of a pharmacy, who is accused of orchestrating a scheme that bilked Medicare out of $2.2 million over five years, pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge Thursday.

The Department of Justice reported Mona Carter, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. According to reports, she admitted to causing $2,245,515 in fraudulent billing to Medicare for prescription medications from January 2008 to February 2013.

She pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge. She will be sentenced at a later date. Officials did not say the prison time or fines she could be facing. A picture of Carter was not provided.

Carter owned and operated Community Pharmacy 1 in Baton Rouge. The DOJ said she directed a scheme to repackage and redistribute prescription meds. Officials said she paid her clients' employees, including nursing homes and mental health facilities, to collect and return any unused drugs.

They added she then told her workers to repackage them, and then handed them out as if they were new and charged Medicare as if they were new.

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