Fifteen people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of taking part in an elaborate $18-million Medicare fraud scheme that officials say involved a Glendale medical clinic and a pharmacy in San Marino.
The scheme involved so-called “prescription harvesting,” in which Manor Medical Imaging Clinic and San Gabriel Valley pharmacies allegedly re-billed the government repeatedly for anti-psychotic medications, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.
A total of 17 people were named in the complaint. One person was arrested earlier this month, 15 were taken into custody during the early morning sweep, and one remains at large, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that prescriptions written by a doctor at a bogus branch of Manor Medical Imaging Clinic were funneled back to pharmacies via a fraudulent drug wholesale company.
Since the anti-psychotic drugs are significantly more expensive than many other mediations, authorities said the re-billing for the drugs — including Abilify, Seroquel and Zyprexa — can be lucrative.