A Pasadena pharmacy proprietor was sentenced Monday to four years behind bars for working a Medicare fraud scheme involving greater than $1.3 million in phony claims for pharmaceuticals. Tamar Tatarian, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Choose John F. Walter, who additionally ordered her to pay $1.5 million in restitution to Medicare. Tatarian was convicted of 1 rely on well-being care fraud and two counts of wire fraud following a four-day jury trial in December.
From October 2015 via October 2017, the proprietor of Akhtamar Pharmacy engaged in a scheme involving the submission of fraudulent claims to Medicare Half D plan sponsors for pharmaceuticals that the pharmacy by no means ordered from wholesalers, and thus by no means distributed to Medicare beneficiaries.
Tatarian tried to hide the fraud via the creation of pretending invoices, reflecting wholesale drug purchases by Akhtamar Pharmacy which had, in truth, by no means taken place. On account of the scheme, Tatarian by way of her pharmacy submitted claims to Medicare for greater than $1.3 million in prescribed drugs that she by no means bought or distributed to sufferers, in response to federal prosecutors.