OMIG’s Investigative Efforts Help Lead to Arrest and Indictment of NYC Pharmacy Owner
The owner of two New York City pharmacies was arrested today and indicted in federal court following an OMIG-assisted investigation for his alleged participation in a health care fraud and kickback scheme.
Robert John Sabet, 44, the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens, was arrested following a joint investigation conducted by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States by paying kickbacks and bribes in connection with the provision of health care services, and unlawfully spending the proceeds of his fraud.
"Particularly as we continue to recover from the COVID pandemic, individuals who commit Medicaid fraud prey on the most vulnerable New Yorkers, threaten the viability of programs that provide vital health care services, and steal taxpayer dollars,” New York State Acting Medicaid Inspector General Frank T. Walsh, Jr. said. “My office will continue to work closely with our partners in law enforcement to hold fully accountable those who seek to exploit the Medicaid program for personal gain."
According to prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sabet allegedly conspired since Sept. 2016 to bill Medicare and Medicaid for expensive prescription drugs that were not needed or dispensed. Sabet also allegedly conspired to pay kickbacks and bribes to customers for their business and the ability to bill Medicare and Medicaid for over-the-counter health care-related products on their behalf.
Prosecutors also allege that Sabet wired nearly $100,000 from Lucky Care’s bank accounts to an automobile dealership in Dec. 2020 to pay for a luxury car. Following a search warrant conducted at Sabet’s home at the time of his arrest, investigators seized a 2020 Porsche Taycan worth more than $250,000, as well as cash and luxury goods.
If convicted, Sabet faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud; five years in prison for conspiracy to pay kickbacks and bribes and 10 years in prison for unlawful spending.
The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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