Pharmacy owner pleads guilty in $36.2M fraud scheme

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based pharmacy owner pleaded guilty to his role in a $36.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. 

Omar Solari, 35, and his co-conspirators owned and operated pharmacies that from September 2018 through November 2021 paid kickbacks and bribes to telemarketing companies and telemedicine providers to receive physicians' orders for medically unnecessary prescriptions, according to a March 20 Justice Department news release. He also owned one of the telemarketing companies involved in the scheme. 

Mr. Solari agreed to forfeit more than $6.3 million he received in the scheme, according to the release. A sentencing date has not been set. 

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