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Queens pharmacy owners exploited pandemic to swindle $30 million in Medicare funds: feds

Queens pharmacy owners exploited pandemic to swindle $30 million in Medicare funds: feds
Peter Khaim, 40, and Arkadiy Khaimov, 37, who own 13 pharmacies in New York City and Long Island, took advantage of the relaxation of “refill-too-soon” pharmacy rules during the COVID crisis to order a cancer medication that sells for $34,000 a tube.

xml:space="preserve"> xml:space="preserve"> Two brothers from Queens exploited the coronavirus pandemic to run a $30 million pharmacy scam that submitted fraudulent Medicare claims for expensive cancer medications, federal prosecutors allege.They used COVID-19 emergency override billing codes to file claims, even though the medication never was purchased by their pharmacies, prescribed by physicians or given to patients, prosecutors allege.After the money was laundered, they had certified cashier checks and cash dropped off at their houses at night, and used the cash to buy real estate, jewelry and luxury items, prosecutors allege.The brothers were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Peter Khaim, 40, and Arkadiy Khaimov, 37, who own 13 pharmacies in New York City and Long Island, took advantage of the relaxation of “refill-too-soon” pharmacy rules during the COVID crisis to order a cancer medication that sells for $34,000 a tube.They then used sham pharmacy wholesaling companies to launder the money they got through China and Uzbekistan.

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