A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea For Pharmacist Who Stole More Than $90,000 From The New York State Medicaid Program
Owner Billed Medicaid For Drugs & Supplies That Were Never Ordered
Schneiderman: We Will Aggressively Combat Those Who Defraud The Medicaid System For Personal Gain
ELMIRA - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that a pharmacist who owned and operated a Medicine Shoppe location in Chemung County has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $93,000 from the Medicaid program. Shari DeGraw, the CEO of Utter Enterprises Inc./The Medicine Shoppe, pleaded guilty to Larceny in Chemung County Court after submitting phony Medicaid billings for pharmaceutical drugs, treatments and supplies that were never dispensed.
“My office has made rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system a priority,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will aggressively pursue any doctors, pharmacists or caregivers who abuse their position to steal from New York taxpayers. This type of fraud and abuse highlights how we will aggressively prosecute those who use their positions to defraud the Medicaid system.”
DeGraw, 50, of 267 Breesport Road, Horseheads, New York, pleaded guilty in Chemung County Court before Judge James T. Hayden, to one Count of Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor. DeGraw will be sentenced to three years of probation and will be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $93,406.02. DeGraw owned and operated The Medicine Shoppe that was located on Pennsylvania Street in Elmira. According to the charges, from January 2005 thru December 2007, she billed the Medicaid program for approximately 18 different drugs, treatments and supplies that she did not purchase.
Utter Enterprises Inc. pleaded Guilty to a count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, and will be jointly and severally liable with DeGraw for the above restitution.
Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Rochester Regional Office, is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Special Deputy Attorney General Monica Hickey-Martin and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan. Assisting in the investigation is Supervising Investigator William Falk and Special Auditor Jodie Dineen from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit under the supervision of Chief Investigator Thaddeus Fisher and MFCU Rochester Regional Chief Auditor Thomas Clarke.