This week, it was announced that a Southern California pharmacy owner had been sentenced to prison for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme involving more than $1.5 million in fraudulent claims for prescription drugs. 39-year-old Tamar Tatarian of Pasadena, California was sentenced to 48 months in prison.
Tatarian has also been ordered to pay $1,537,710.73 in restitution to Medicare. On December 14, 2018, Tatarian was convicted of one count of health care fraud and two counts of wire fraud. She was the owner of Akhtamar Pharmacy in the Pasadena area. Trial evidence showed that Tatarian engaged in a scheme involving the submission of fraudulent claims to Medicare Part D plan sponsors for prescription drugs that the pharmacy never ordered and never dispensed.
The fraud took place from October 2015 through June 2018. Tatarian tied to conceal the fraud by creating fake invoices. The scheme resulted in claims worth more than $1.5 million for prescription drugs being submitted to Medicare. The drugs were never purchased or dispensed to patients. Further details can be found here.