Druggist charged with $300K fraud

April 2, 2010
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of Egleston Square Pharmacy at 3090 Washington St. was charged last week with billing the state’s MassHealth program $300,000 for HIV drug prescriptions he never dispensed, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Aloysius Chukwukere Nsonwu, 63, of Roslindale pleaded innocent at a March 25 arraignment hearing and was held on $500,000 bail.

From 2005 to 2009, Nsonwu received $300,230.99 in reimbursements from MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, for filling HIV drug prescriptions for 15 MassHealth members, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

But in fact, prosecutors allege, only one of those MassHealth members actually has HIV. Of the 15 members, none were ever treated by the doctor whose name was on the prescription reimbursements, and most have never even been to Egleston Square Pharmacy, prosecutors allege.

Nsonwu is facing 15 counts of filing false Medicaid claims.

The state has suspended Nsonwu’s pharmacist’s license as a result of the charges, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

From a press release.