Friday, March 22, 2013

43 Indicted in Michigan on Federal Prescription Drug Fraud Charges

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Yesterday, the Federal government indicted 43 people on charges of running a massive prescription drug scheme.  Those charged include doctors, pharmacists, and home health care workers.

According to the indictment, five of the doctors charged prescribed more than half a million doses of OxyContin – pills with a street value of $10 million.  In addition, those doctors are alleged to have prescribed 2 million doses of Vicodin, 2 million doses of Xanax, and more than 1,000 liters of cough syrup.  All of this occurred over a 21-month period, the indictment said.

The indictment alleges that the defendants held “patient parties” and hired recruiters to obtain new beneficiaries for the scheme.

It is believed that the fraud bilked Medicare for more than $21.5 million.  Also included in the indictment are charges for bribery, money laundering, kickbacks, and weapons-related offenses.

If you have questions regarding fraud or any other legal issues, contact Mark Mandell at 248.380.0000 or online at

To read the original Free Press article detailing the indictment, please visit:

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