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TRENTON, June 1, 2010: New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that a Hoboken pharmacist pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid program.

In pleading guilty, xxx, a pharmacist in charge at xxx Drugs, admitted that between Jan. 1 and Oct. 9, 2009, he submitted claims to the Medicaid program for prescription drugs allegedly dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries, even though the prescription drugs were never dispensed.The claims were subsequently paid out by the Medicaid program.

The investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor revealed that xxxx accepted fictitious prescriptions for Prevacid, Advair and Singulair from undercover Detectives as payment for narcotic prescription drugs. xxxx then billed and was paid by Medicaid for the Prevacid, Advair and Singulair even though the prescriptions were not filled or dispensed.

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