UPDATE: Manhattan Pharmacist Accused of Stealing Millions From Medicaid in HIV Prescription Drug Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Prison Term

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A Manhattan pharmacist arrested in 2017 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for defrauding the Medicaid program more than $3 million via an HIV prescription drug fraud scheme was sentenced March 15 to two to six years in state prison.

Hin T. Wong, 50, of Manhattan, the owner of three Manhattan pharmacies in connection with the multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme, was sentenced by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer after pleading guilty Feb. 22 to Grand Larceny in the First Degree. Wong additionally forfeited more than $3.6 million as restitution to the New York State Medicaid program.

Wong was arrested in 2017 after the joint investigation determined Wong fraudulently billed Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations more than $3.6 million for HIV drugs from January 2014 to August 2017. Wong later admitted that she directed her employees to pay kickbacks to several undercover agents in return for their agreement to fill their HIV prescriptions at her pharmacies, as well as not purchasing a sufficient inventory of medication from licensed drug wholesalers to account for the pharmacies' medication quantities.

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