Archive for Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tonganoxie graduate pleads guilty to fraud

November 21, 2006

A longtime Oskaloosa pharmacist will be sentenced in late December on charges of Medicaid fraud.

Jay Philip Parker, 62, Oskaloosa, last week was charged with and pled guilty to the charge in Jefferson County District Court. Parker is a 1962 graduate of Tonganoxie High School.

After being charged, Parker turned himself in and appeared before the judge to waive a preliminary hearing and a jury trial.

He then entered his guilty plea to Medicaid fraud. He could be sentenced to up to 34 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

As part of his plea agreement, Parker paid $75,000 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program.

Parker owns and operates Parker's Pharmacy, Oskaloosa. The Kansas State Board of Pharmacy is revoking the licenses of Parker and Parker's Pharmacy.

According to the Kansas attorney general's office, Parker wrote false prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries without any doctors' authorizations. This occurred between 2004 and 2006.

He then used those false prescriptions to bill the state's Medicaid program $75,000, using the Medicaid beneficiaries' identification numbers. Parker never actually filled the prescriptions or supplied the drugs to the Medicaid beneficiaries.

He also allegedly submitted false claims to private insurance companies.

Last week's guilty plea does not mean other entities -- such as the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Kansas Insurance Department or any county or district attorney -- cannot pursue charges against Parker, the attorney general's office said.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 29 in Jefferson County District Court, Oskaloosa.

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