A Beverly Hills, California man was convicted on Tuesday in Federal court for his role in a $723,000 health care fraud and prescription drug diversion scheme at two pharmacies in Southern California, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Between 2016 and 2017, Shahriar “Michael” Kalantari, 55, falsified prescriptions as part of what court documents call a health care fraud and unlicensed wholesale distribution scheme.
According to court documents and testimony provided during in court, Kalantari’s co-conspirators provided him with information about the person receiving the drugs.
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Kalantari would then use the information to falsify prescriptions for medications for expensive drugs like those used to treat HIV.
The prescription would then be sent to Medicare and Medicaid of California through Kalantari’s co-conspirator’s two Southern California pharmacies, though the drugs were never handed over to the beneficiaries, the DOJ said.