NY pharmacist pleads guilty in $2.7M fraud scheme

Andrew Barrett, a New York pharmacist and pharmacy owner, pleaded guilty Wednesday to healthcare fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the Department of Justice.

From January 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Barrett operated pharmacies in three counties in New York. From his pharmacy in Queens county, Mr. Barrett billed Medicare and Medicaid approximately $2.7 million for prescription medications that were never dispensed to patients.

He also wrote checks to himself for more than $2.6 million to pay for personal expenses from his other two pharmacies while falsely claiming those funds as business expenses on his personal and corporate tax returns, according to the DOJ.

Mr. Barrett faces up to 10 years in prison.

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