Pharmacist Strikes Fraud Plea Deal

Jul 27, 2015

Under a plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Miami pharmacist has pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud for his role in submitting more than $1.8 million in false claims to Medicare, according to a news release from the DOJ. Evelio Fernandez Penaranda, the owner of  Naranja Pharmacy Inc., admitted to submitting claims for Medicare beneficiaries and doctors without their consent. Pernaranda says he used the pharmacy's bank accounts to transfer the payments from Medicare to himself and others.