Federal prosecutors say the owner of a quartet of pharmacies in New York City submitted millions of dollars in false claims involving drugs that were not medically necessary or even disbursed to Medicare and Medicaid over the course of several years.
Last Monday, Aleah Mohammed, aka “Aleah Haniff,” was arraigned in a federal court in Brooklyn on an indictment charging her with submitting false claims to Medicare Part D and Medicaid for drugs through her drug stores, namely Superdrugs Inc., Superdrugs I Inc., Superdrugs II Inc., and S&A Superdrugs II Inc.
Per the indictment, from the spring of 2015 through this summer, Mohammed submitted claims for drugs not dispensed, not necessary, or not dispensed as written by a physician. Investigators say the fraudulent claims totaled over $7.9 million, which she used to enrich herself personally by purchasing luxury jewelry and high-end sports cars.
Charges against Mohammed are part of the ongoing Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a multi-department team composed of members from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force has been investigating allegations of Medicare fraud for over eleven years, resulting in charges against over 4 thousand defendants on fraudulent claims totaling over $14 billion.