Pharmacists Paid AIDS Patients Not To Take Medicine, Then Charged Medicaid
The Bronx pharmacists then charged Medicaid for the full amount and pocketed the money.
When arrested, pharmacist Mohamed Hasan Ahmed buried his face in officers’ clothes. Pharmacy owner Ahmed Hamed was calm as he was led away in handcuffs. A third owner of the 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx’s University Heights, Tarek Elsayed, was arrested in his home in Elmhurst.
They allegedly paid poor AIDS patients not to take medicine but would still charge the federal government for the expensive medicine. In one year, the trio allegedly stole through Medicaid $9.8 million in taxpayer money. They were arrested by anti-fraud officers of the New York Attorney General’s Office.