McALLEN, TX — A compound pharmacy owner, three marketers, a referring physician and two clinic office staff have been taken into custody in connection with a multi-million dollar health care fraud and kickback scheme, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
A federal grand jury sitting in McAllen returned a 15-count indictment charging John Ageudo Rodriguez, 51, Mohammad Imtiaz Chowdhury, 40, his father Dr. Tajul Shams Chowdhury, 71, and Alex Flores Jr., 51, all of McAllen; Hector DeLaCruz, Jr., 50, Edinburg; Araceli Gaona, 35, Mission; and Erika Hernandez Salinas, 38, Donna.
All are expected to have their initial appearances tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker.
The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Rodriguez was the owner of Pharr Family Pharmacy (PFP), according to the indictment. From May 2014 to September 2016, PFP allegedly billed various federal health care programs more than $110 million, including claims that were false, fraudulent and the result of illegal kickbacks.