Rockville Centre - (WALK) They ought to be cited for false advertising, too.
The proprietors of "Davis Ethical Pharmacy" in Rockvill Centre billed the state insurance program and Medicaid for fraudlent prescriptions, swindling taxpayers out of $235,000, according to a report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Tuesday.
The 13-page report covers a four-year period and details alleged illegal activities at the pharmacy by former owner William Davis. Charges include writing phony prescriptions for phantom patients, according to DiNapoli.
Auditors discovered the improper payments when they randomly sampled 840 of 59,538 claims paid to Davis Ethical Pharmacy by Medicaid and the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).
"Davis even went so far as falsifying prescriptions for a deceased physician. My office will continue to work with law enforcement to get this money back and make sure those who committed this blatant fraud are punished to the full extent of the law," said DiNapoli.
David sold the pharmacy on North Long Beach Road in 2011, the state audit covers only activities during his ownership, between January 2008 and December 2011.
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