THE BRONX - Three people have been accused of operating an illegal prescription drug buyback program at a Bronx pharmacy.
Authorities say they arrested 184th Street Pharmacy owners Ahmed Hamed and Tarek Elsayed and supervising pharmacist Mohammed Hassan Ahmed on Tuesday.
According to investigators, financially vulnerable HIV patients were paid cash to forego necessary medications. They say the defendants would then falsely bill government health plans for prescription reimbursements.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office says that the scheme started in March of last year and the ring leaders raked in $10 million since then.
All three are charged with felony grand larceny and scheming to defraud the government. The two owners are additionally charged with felony money laundering.
Authorities have seized six expensive vehicles and frozen the bank accounts of the suspects.