A massive Medicaid fraud operation was recently discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI alleges over $100 million in expensive HIV medications and other drugs were sold in the black market. The drugs were supposedly obtained from Medicaid recipients in exchange for cash.
After purchase, the drugs were repackaged and sold to pharmacies across the nation including. The fraud is thought to have occurred in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada, Louisiana and Alabama. Over four dozen people are allegedly involved and specifically targeted Medicaid, a federally funded program designed to aid the poor and disabled.
According to Janice K. Fedarcyk, FBI assistant director, it is possible these drugs were “mishandled, adulterated, improperly stored, repackaged and expired” causing potential harm to unsuspecting customers.
Medicare Fraud and Florida Law
Florida takes allegations of Medicaid and other forms of healthcare fraud seriously. The Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigate and prosecute fraud throughout the state.
The Attorney General also notes that Florida’s False Claims Act provides protection against those who speak out against Medicaid fraud and help hold abusers responsible. In some cases, individuals who report the fraud may also be entitled to rewards. This incentive can lead to false accusations.
Those convicted of Medicaid fraud can face both imprisonment and fines. As a result, allegations of Medicaid fraud need to be taken seriously. If you or a loved one is accused of Medicaid fraud, it is important to contact an experienced healthcare fraud attorney to better protect your legal rights.