A Pharr pharmacy owner and six other defendants are pleading not guilty to charges that they attempted to scam the U.S. government for millions in bogus health care claims.
The seven defendants appeared by video in front of a federal judge yesterday and entered not guilty pleas on charges including mail fraud, health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The owner of Pharr Family Pharmacy allegedly gave marketers working for him pre-filled prescription pads that were to be given to doctors as part of the scheme. That allowed him to bill the government more than 110-million-dollars over the course of several years.
Prosecutors allege the pharmacy owner paid millions in kickbacks to the marketers, who shared that money with physicians who were part of the scam.