Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pharmacist John D. Love, Sentenced for Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering


TERRE HAUTE—United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced that John D. Love, 54, of Brazil, Ind., was sentenced today to 51 months of imprisonment for health care fraud and money laundering. This follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit (MFCU).

“This was a case of someone who used Hoosier taxpayer dollars to live well beyond his means,” said Hogsett. “As today’s sentence makes clear, this office has zero tolerance for those who abuse public programs through fraud.”

From January 2006 through September 2010, John Love, a pharmacist and controlling member of the Terre Haute Prescription Shop (THPS), used his position to carry out a scheme to defraud the Indiana Medicaid Program. Love submitted claims to the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescriptions that were never given to patients.

Love used his access and knowledge of the THPS computer system to input false prescriptions into the billing system, which would then bill the Indiana Medicaid Program for the fraudulent claim. As soon as the computer system submitted the claim for the prescription to the Indiana Medicaid Program, Love would access the computer system again and void the prescription before any other employee of THPS could notice a record for a prescription that was never filled or dispensed.

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