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Pharmacist Sentenced To Nearly 5 Years In Prison For Medicaid Fraud

Healthcare fraud and money laundering? Again? Sure, why not.

John Love has been sentenced to 51 months in jail for laundering money and defrauding the healthcare system. Love apparently used taxpayer’s money to live well beyond his means and his sentence is meant to make it clear to others defrauding the system that there is zero tolerance for this type of action.

As a pharmacist between 2006 and 2010 and controlling member of the Terre Haute Prescription Shop (THPS), Love used his position to carry out his fraudulent scheme against the Indiana Medicaid Program. He submitted claims to the program for false prescriptions that were never given to patients. After inputing these fake prescriptions and submitting them to Medicaid he would then void the prescription before any other employee could take notice that the prescription that was never filled and/or dispensed.

As part of his scheme, Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescription drugs significantly in excess of what THPS had ever ordered, for example:

  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 1,317.4 units of the prescription drug Aranesp and received a total of $1,677,554.50. During the same time period, THPS only ordered six units of Aransep at a cost of $5,188.36.
  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 172 units of the prescription drug Copaxone and received a total of $236,989.54. During the same time period THPS only ordered 20 units of Copaxone at a cost of $29,265.87.
  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 660 units of the prescription drug Epogen and received a total of $126,732.80. During the same time period, THPS only ordered ten units of Epogen at a cost of $2,545.69.
  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 588 units of the prescription drug Humira and received a total of $429,959.82. During the same time period, THPS only ordered 98 units of Humira at a cost of $62,693.53.
  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 1,488 units of the prescription drug Procrit and received a total of $615,612.23. During the same time period, THPS only ordered 22 units of Procrit at a cost of $6,366.40.
  • Love billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for 2,630 units of the prescription drug Sandostatin and received a total of $343,334.58. During the same time period, THPS did not order any units of Sandostatin.

    As a result of this scam the Indiana Medicaid Program paid directly into THPS’ bank account the amount of $3,575,699.73 for fake prescriptions. Since Love had control at THPS used at least $3,000,000 of the fraudulent proceeds to purchase, in whole or in part, four parcels of real estate; fifteen vehicles, including five Harley Davidson motorcycles, a Chevrolet Corvette, and a Cadillac Escalade; a destination wedding for one of his children in Destin, Florida; and numerous other personal expenses. The money laundering convictions concern the purchase of one Harley Davidson motorcycle and the destination wedding.

    Love has forfeited roughly $666,307.06 in the value of vehicles owned minus the cost of maintenance and liquidation – Source.


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