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10 people are indicted in the 200 million US Dollars prescription drug fraud investigation

Ten people have been charged in a 103-count indictment alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud in connection to an Alabama-based pharmacy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.

The indictments, announced Monday, involve a nurse practitioner, and the owners, a pharmacist, managers, sales representatives, and billers, of Haleyville, Alabama-based pharmacy Northside Pharmacy. The company was doing business as Global Compounding Pharmacy.

The indictment also charges the defendants with aggravated identity theft, charges J. Adams, Black, and Edenfield with participating in a kickback conspiracy, and charges J. Adams, Black, and Mays with multiple counts of spending the proceeds of health care fraud and mail fraud. Purchases included for private plane travel and expensive watches.

The charges stem from a larger investigation that has to date resulted in 18 additional individuals being charged and signing plea agreements. Those individuals include Global Vice President of Sales Phillip Marks, Operations Manager Jeffrey South, District Manager Angie Nelson, National Field Trainer and sales representative Bridget McCune; sales representatives Bonita Amonett, Roddrick Boykin, Joshlyn Bowen, Erin Brown, Vanessa Case, Peter Eodice II, Jody Hobbs, Robin Lowry, Kelley Norris and Dawn Whitten; billers Fermin Alfonso, Stacey Cardozo, and Christopher Nunez; and a nurse practitioner, Brandy Lunsford.

The maximum penalty for healthcare and mail fraud conspiracy is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for health care fraud is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for mail fraud is 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

The penalty for aggravated identity theft is a mandatory two years, to run consecutive to other counts.

The maximum penalty for the kickback conspiracy charge is 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for spending proceeds of health care fraud and mail fraud is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.