Pharmacy Owners Charged With Stealing $1.6 Million From Medicaid Program

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced the former owners of a Hialeah pharmacy were arrested for defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $1.6 million. Rolando Fraga and his wife, Mercedes Fraga, were arrested today by law enforcement officers with Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The two formerly owned and operated Excellent Care Pharmacy, Inc. in Hialeah.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating Rolando Fraga, 64, and Mercedes Fraga, 49, after the two were arrested in 2005 by federal authorities for selling diverted pharmaceuticals which were paid for by the New York Medicaid program. That federal investigation led to a detailed examination of their billing activity through Excellent Care to the Florida Medicaid program. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's investigation revealed the Fragas allegedly used Excellent Care to fraudulently bill the Medicaid program for prescription medications that were never dispensed from August 2003 to January 2006.

The Fragas will be charged with one count of organized fraud and one count of grand theft, both first-degree felonies. They face up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit through the State Attorney's Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit. 

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