(Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 2 that two pharmacy owners and a supervising pharmacist have
been sentenced for their alleged roles in defrauding several government-funded
health care programs.
defendants in the case are Tarek Elsayed, 50, of Elmhurst, Queens, co-owner
of 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx, Ahmed Hamed, 39, of Elmhurst, the
second co-owner of 184th Street Pharmacy, and Mohamed Hassan Ahmed, 38, of
Bayside, Queens, the supervising pharmacist at 184th Street Pharmacy.
to allegations, the defendants conducted a scheme in which they would pay
patients in cash to forgo prescription medications, the majority of which were
for HIV-treating products. The defendants would allegedly still bill Medicare,
Medicaid and Medicaid-managed care organizations for the prescriptions and
receive reimbursements they would use as pure profit.
“These defendants abused the fundamental trust between
health care providers and patients by putting their own greed above the health
needs of their patients,” Schneiderman said. “This blatant theft and abuse of our
state and country’s most important healthcare programs is reprehensible and
will not be tolerated.”
Elsayed will pay $4.1 million in civil penalties, while Hamed will pay $3.8 million.