A New York pharmacist was apprehended on 17th March 2021 for his participation in a conspiracy to perpetrate health care fraud and to reimburse kickbacks and bribes to clients for costly drug orders in association with over 4 million U.S. dollars in the Medicare program and the Medicaid program reimbursements.
Pursuant to a charge submitted by a federal grand jury in New York’s Eastern District, Robert John Sabet, from Brooklyn, age 44, owner of Brooklyn Chemists based in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy based in Flushing, Queens. From Sept. 2016, Sabet purportedly conspired to charge the Medicare and Medicaid programs for costly drugs prescription that were not qualified for payment since, among other reasons, they were unrequired or undispensed. Besides, Sabet purportedly conspired to reimburse kickbacks and bribes to clients to persuade them to fill drug prescriptions at his pharmacies and to reimburse clients cash in return for the ability to charge the Medicare and Medicaid programs for over-the-counter healthcare-related goods on their behalf.
In Dec. 2020, Sabet purportedly wired about 100,000 U.S. dollars from Lucky Care’s accounts to an automobile dealership to reimburse for a luxury vehicle. Investigators performed a search warrant at Sabet’s residence at the duration of his arrest and confiscated a 2020 Porsche Taycan valued at more than 250,000 U.S. dollars, along with cash and extravagance goods.
Sabet is indicted with a scheme to perpetrate health care fraud, a scheme to steal the federal government by reimbursing kickbacks and bribes in association with health care services’ provision and illegally utilizing the profits of his scheme. The accused person made is his first court appearance on 17th March 2021 before Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for New York’s Eastern District. Sabet faces a maximum imprisonment term of ten years for a scheme to perpetrate health care fraud, a maximum imprisonment term of five years for a scheme to reimburse illicit kickbacks and bribes, and a maximum imprisonment term of ten years for illegally spending the returns of his scheme if convicted.
The Justice Department – Criminal Division Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid made this announcement, together with New York’s Eastern District Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme; the Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert, New York Regional Office; the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, New York; and the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General Acting Medicaid Inspector General Frank T. Walsh Jr., on 17th March 2021.
The Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation are handling the case’s investigation.
The Justice Department – Fraud Section Trial Attorney Miriam L. Glaser Dauermann is handling the matter’s prosecution.
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