A Hialeah pharmacist has been arrested on charges of defrauding Medicaid of nearly $600,000, state official announced on Thursday.
Coralia Perez, owner of Patient’s Pharmacy & Infusion, is charged with one count of first-degree Medicaid fraud.
Authorities say Perez submitted fraudulent invoices to the Agency for Health Care Administration to make it appear that the pharmacy, at 5321 W. 20th Ave., had dispensed the correct amount of medications for which they had billed the Medicaid program.
But in a news release issued by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, investigators say Perez failed to disperse the amount of medication she billed the government.
“Our unit discovered evidence that medicines were never dispensed, yet Perez billed the Medicaid program for these prescription drugs,” Bondi said in the release. “We must protect Florida taxpayers’ dollars by stopping Medicaid fraud and holding individuals accountable for this illegal activity.”
Perez surrendered to investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was booked into the Miami-Dade jail.
If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $2.9 million in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.