Pharmacist convicted of conspiracy

March 4, 2011
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of Egleston Square Pharmacy at 3090 Washington St. was convicted Feb. 16 in federal court of conspiracy to defraud the federal government by submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a press release.

Aloysius Nsonwu, 64, of Roslindale, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud the government.

Nsonwu paid non-HIV customers to bring their Medicare cards to the pharmacy so that he could submit claims for HIV/AIDS medications under the names of the beneficiaries to the Medicare Program without actually dispensing the medication, according to the release.

From 2005 to 2009, Nsonwu received $300,230.99 in reimbursements, as the Gazette previously reported.

US District Court Judge Joseph Tauro scheduled sentencing for May 10, 2011. Nsonwu faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each count.

The state suspended Nsonwu’s pharmacist’s license after he was charged in April.

From press materials.

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