On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, federal agents busted 24 different healthcare providers, alleging that they conspired to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone and defrauded Medicare in the process. This case is different because most federal drug busts and federal drug charges involving painkillers are cash based. In this case, the alleged participants also defrauded Medicare and other insurance companies.
A doctor, a pharmacist and 2 clinic owners were charged. Allegedly, the doctor, Frank J. allesteros, wrote the prescriptions for oxycodone and oxymorphone and the patients, who were working with the clinics owned by Gerardo Gomez and Juan DeDios Gomez, filled the prescriptions at four different Robert's Drug Store pharmacies in Miami and one Pharmalife Pharmacy in Plantation. The owners of the pharmacies, Aiman Izzedin Aryan (Robert's Drug Store) and Emerson Carmona (Pharmalife Pharmacy) billed both Medicare and other insurance companies for the drugs which were medically unnecessary and were being sold by the "patients."
Those arrested include 10 members of the drug ring who recruited the patients to the pain clinics and to Dr. Ballesteros.
This case is the most recent in the ongoing federal and state prescription drug busts in South Florida. The abuse of prescription drugs in South Florida continues to make headlines. If you or someone you know is charged with the insurance fraud, Medicare fraud, distribution of prescription drugs or any federal or state drug charges, call the Law Office of Michael Mirer. Attorney Michael Mirer has represented numerous clients charged with federal drug offenses, state drug offenses,
drug trafficking and insurance fraud and Medicare fraud in South Florida. Mr. Mirer has the skills and experience to aggressively defend drug cases and